Hope For Three serves as the exclusive autism educator and partner for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department CIT program. Since 2014, nearly 2,250 officers and members of law enforcement from the Greater Houston area and surrounding counties have received training through the CIT program.
CIT training educates first responders on engagement strategies and intervention techniques to diffuse crisis situations for individuals with autism and or those affected by mental illness. “Police are trained to respond to a crisis with a certain protocol, but this protocol may not always be the best way to interact with individuals with autism,” said Lieutenant Scott Soland, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department.
A specialized unit of ten officers formed within the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and funded under federal grants, CIT assists in helping individuals suffering from mental illness. The objective of the team is to work within the mental health provider network by assisting mental health consumers in crisis in reaching the appropriate care by diverting these individuals away from incarceration or emergency rooms when possible; including individuals living with an autism spectrum disorder.
If you would like to schedule a CIT presentation in your area, please complete the form below. For immediate assistance, contact Darla Farmer, 281-245-0640, Sergeant Jerome Ellis, Jerome.Ellis@fortbendcountytx.gov or Sergeant Richard Reiser, Richard.Reiser@fortbendcountytx.gov ~ Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department