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October 17th, 2008
Bridges wins mental health advocacy award

From the Hays County Sheriff’s Office

Hays County Sheriff Allen Bridges has been recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s and state’s largest and most active support, educational, and advocacy group for persons with mental illness and their families.

Sheriff Bridges received the NAMI’s “Charley Shannon Advocate for Justice Award” at the group’s  Texas conference held at the Radison-Hill Country Resort in San Antonio on October 17, 2008.  Sheriff Bridges has worked to see that law enforcement provides professional and humane response to individuals in a mental health crisis. This  earned him the groups recognition.

Hays County Sheriff’s Deputies all have 40 hours of crisis intervention training (TCLEOSE mandates only 16 hours) and the Sheriff’s Office; through Sheriff Bridges efforts; is working with the San Marcos Police Department to establish a Combined Mental Health Task Force. The Task Force will be staffed by officers from both agencies.

Sheriff Bridges most recently worked with the Alzheimers Association to develop  law enforcement training to  prepare officers to deal with persons suffering from  alzheimers or dementia.  All Hays County Deputies have received this training and are now better prepared to assist Hays County citizens.

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