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Houston Police Department's Mental Health Division MP3 - NAMI TX 2016

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Houston Police Department's Mental Health Division - Captain Eddy Baimbridge, Senior Police Officer; Frank Webb Captain Wendy Baimbridge is a 25-year veteran of the Houston Police Department. She was selected by the Chief of Police to serve as the division commander of the department's first-ever Mental Health Division in 2013. Under her command, the Mental Health Division has increased the number of Crisis Intervention Response Team units, implemented the city's first-ever boarding homes detail, expanded the Chronic Consumer Stabilization Unit, expanded the Homeless Outreach Team, and implemented the nation's only Crisis Call Diversion Program. Captain Baimbridge has a Master's Degree in Criminology from the University of Houston Clear Lake. Frank Webb, M. Ed., is a 35-year veteran of the Houston Police Department. Frank is a senior police officer assigned to the department's Mental Health Division where he serves as senior trainer. Webb helped develop and implement the department's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program in 1999 and served as CIT Coordinator from 1999 to 2005. The Houston Police Department is the only police department in the nation, to our knowledge, to have a division dedicated to providing a professional, humane, and safe response to individuals with behavioral health problems and to the homeless. Houston's Mental Health Division is comprised of 35 law enforcement personnel and 39 behavioral health professionals. Houston is the leading law enforcement agency in the state regarding this issue and one of the national leaders. Houston was one of six police departments nationally selected by the United States Council of State Governments as a Leading Site for specialized programs for responding to the mentally ill. Partnering with Harris County for Mental Health and IDD, the Houston Police Department has developed six programs to deal with this important issue. A description of each of Houston's six specialized response strategies will be provided.
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