TCSO Mental Health Staff screen inmates upon booking and continually assess for symptoms of severe and persistent mental illness throughout their stay in jail. Inmates who meet criteria are scheduled to see a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner to receive treatment.
Mental Health Staff monitor symptoms, provide crisis counseling, education and support based upon an inmate’s mental health needs. Additionally, staff work with inmates on grief, anxiety and adjustment issues related to being incarcerated and make hospital and death notifications.
Inmates have access to mental health staff on an emergency basis by speaking with their post officer or they can be seen on a non-emergency basis by sending an inmate request.
Pregnant females have the opportunity to attend an education and support group each week led by a counselor where they learn about the development of the child as well as what to expect during the pregnancy. Resources are provided to all participants.
The mental health coordinator collaborates with counselors, psychiatric providers, courts and community agencies on an on-going basis regarding inmates with serious mental illness or medical needs to ensure that their needs are taken into consideration in the legal process.
Upon release, inmates are referred to Austin/Travis County Integral Care for continuing their treatment.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides advocacy, education and support for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living mental illness.
If you would like to speak with Mental Health Staff regarding mental health treatment of an inmate in our custody please call 512-854-5356.