Crisis Intervention Team (CIT):
A group of specially trained officers that respond to persons in mental crisis. The officers are licensed peace officers with a minimum of two years of Law Enforcement experience, who have successfully completed the TCOLE Mental Health Certification course. Team members are also cross-trained in crisis negotiations.
an illness, disease or condition other than epilepsy, senility, alcoholism or mental deficiency that substantially impairs a person's thoughts, perception of reality, emotional process, judgment, or grossly impairs behaviors demonstrated by recent disturbed behavior.
a significantly sub-average intellectual function that is concurrent with deficits in adaptive behavior, originating during the developmental period.
Texas Health and Safety Code 573.001 gives a licensed peace officer the authority to apprehend a person without a warrant when the following criteria are met:
- The Officer has reason to believe, and does believe, that the person is mentally ill and;
- Due to that mental illness there is a substantial risk of imminent danger to themselves or others unless the person is immediately restrained and;
- The officer believes there is not sufficient time to obtain a warrant before taking a person into custody.
Mental Health Consumer: a person that is suffering from a mental illness and is in need of intervention to assist them in obtaining services.