MESQUITE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Elected officials, city managers and public safety professionals from Balch Springs, Mesquite, Seagoville and Sunnyvale will share their plan to meet the public’s mental health response needs.
One of the first major collaborations between several cities in Dallas County, the group will speak on October 26 at the Balch Springs Civic Center, 12400 Elam Road.
The South East Alliance Community Care Team will be a unified new approach to public mental health intervention needs. This is the first concept of its kind on the east side of the DFW region, according to a press release. It will focus on proactive and responsive mental health services for the citizens of the communities of Balch Springs, Mesquite, Seagoville and Sunnyvale.
A grant of $ 900,000 from Dallas County was awarded to help support the team, which builds on similar successful programs across the country. Program efforts will include services to check residents with a history of mental health issues to ensure they are receiving necessary treatment and services. They will also help homeless people who may not have access to mental health services. The grant will cover the cost of a vehicle and supplies, salaries for two team members, and funding for four cities to train every police officer, firefighter and dispatcher in crisis response so that every mental health call is dealt with. with compassion.