Many mental health consumers who lack access to treatment end up committing crimes due to their illness. If a person like this can be given the help they need before they commit a crime, they can be saved from going to prison and stand a far higher chance of making a recovery. Today on the show we speak to Constable Philip Cash about how the Montgomery County mental health constables are serving their community through a dedicated program designed to get mental health consumers the help they need before they hurt themselves or those around them. We hear about Constable Cash’s journey in law enforcement and how he noticed how many crimes were committed due to drug use or mental illness. Our guest talks about how he implemented the Crisis Intervention Team when he ran for the constable position as a method of helping mental health consumers rather than treating them like criminals. Constable Cash speaks about the typical process the mental health constables follow to assist mental health consumers in moments of crisis. We also address how Montgomery County is tackling the drug crisis, the need for more mental health infrastructure in Texas, and the fundamental role of faith and family in assisting in the recovery of loved ones with mental illnesses.
Key Points From This Episode:
“Our primary mission is to help those in crisis.” — Constable Philip Cash [0:03:54]
“That’s an issue we have had in the past where a person is disobeying a police officer and they end up in jail where it could have been something handled a little different where they ended up in a mental health facility.” — Constable Philip Cash [0:17:36]
“Two or three times since I have been constable, these people have come to and hugged the officers and thanked them for saving their lives.” — Constable Philip Cash [0:24:32]
“There’s a lot of very professional people in our community that care about the mental health of our citizens and I am proud to be a part of that.” — Constable Philip Cash [0:30:05]
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