Since 2014, Hope For Three has served as the exclusive autism educator and partner for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program. The CIT program has trained over 3,000 officers and members of law enforcement from the Greater Houston area and surrounding counties.
CIT training educates first responders on engagement strategies and intervention techniques to diffuse crisis situations for individuals with autism and 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 team’s objective is to work within the mental health provider network by assisting mental health consumers in crisis to reach the appropriate care by diverting these individuals away from incarceration or emergency rooms, including individuals living with an autism spectrum disorder.
Please complete the form below if you would like to schedule a CIT presentation in your area. For immediate assistance, contact Darla Farmer, 281-245-0640, or Lieutenant Scott Soland, Scott.Soland@fortbendcountytx.gov or Lieutenant Jerome Ellis Jerome.Ellis@fortbendcountytx.gov ~ Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department, 251-341-8530,