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Tele-health used by law enforcement

Law enforcement officers are equipped with technology that enables them to remotely video-conference with mental health professionals. Officers can then connect people in need with a mental health professional.

Local Examples

Harris County, TX Harris County Sheriff's Office

  • The Harris County Sheriff's Office equips patrol deputies with iPads to connect people in the community who may be experiencing a mental health crisis with mental health professionals, including clinicians and/or psychiatrists.
  • People who remain on scene and are not transported for treatment receive a follow-up call and/or face to face visit from The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD staff.
For more information on this example, see this resource:



1 - Reduce bookings into jail
3 - Increase connection to treatment

Last updated: April 21, 2019