Chris Barron

The Workgroup on Mental Health Access for First Responders Requests Your Feedback

The Workgroup on Mental Health Access for First Responders Requests Your Feedback 


Survey

The Workgroup on Mental Health Access for First Responders would like to request your participation in a survey to help identify ways to improve access to mental health services for first responders in Texas. 

The survey is very brief and will only take about 5-10 minutes to complete, and will be open through July 4, 2018. Please click the link below to go to the survey Web site (or copy and paste the link into your Internet browser). Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all of your responses will be kept confidential and all survey results will be combined so that no individuals can be identified. 

The survey will help guide recommendations that the Workgroup may make to the legislature about improving access to mental health services for first responders. More information about the charge of the Workgroup is included in the attached letter.   

The survey can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/ycgsdsms

Mental Health Grants for First Responders


Additionally, the Workgroup would like to make you aware of two grants that are currently available to address the mental health needs of first responders.

First Responder Mental Health Resiliency Program


The Office of the Governor established the "First Responder Mental Health Resiliency Program" which provides direct services (e.g. therapy, peer support, referrals) to peace officers and other first responder agencies across the state.  This grant funding seeks to address direct and indirect trauma as well as the cumulative effects of occupational stress, which can occur during the course of their normal duties or as a result of the commission of crimes by other persons.

This program focuses on providing mental health services in a confidential and specialized method supported by trusted research.  Funded projects under this fund source are expected to implement services that reduce stress for officers and first responders, improve coping strategies, and increase overall morale.  

Local Crisis Management Program

In effort to address a need for peer support networks among peace officer on the local level, the Office of the Governor established the "Local Crisis Management Program."  This program provides services to peace officers who experience critical incidents while performing official duties.   Major objectives of this program utilize the peer support structure to empower peace officers affected by a threatening or overwhelming traumatic events, enhance resistance to stress reactions, and facilitating recovery from traumatic stress and a return to normal, healthy functions.  

Both grants can be found here:  https://egrants.gov.texas.gov/fundopp.aspx

If you have any questions, please contact MH-Access-First-Responders@hhsc.state.tx.us


Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Workgroup on Mental Health Access for First Responders



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