Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputies handle arrest warrants and support capture bad fellas in the county, but the Sheriff’s Workplace is wanting to tackle a further issue going through the Gwinnett County group: psychological wellness.
On Tuesday, Sheriff Keybo Taylor introduced the development of a new Mental Wellness Process Drive. The activity power is meant to serve as an intermediary pressure, assisting folks experiencing mental overall health difficulties get support alternatively than basically locking them up in the county jail.
“The MHTF Deputies will bear intensive teaching in areas this sort of as disaster intervention/de-escalation capabilities, recognition of psychological sicknesses, persona conditions, psychopathy, and other pertinent subjects,” the Sheriff’s Workplace claimed in an announcement. “The crew will reply to mentally ill people in the group who are presenting in an acute crisis symptomatic of severe mental ailment rather than overt criminality. The MHTF crew will supply essential assistance to fellow metropolitan regulation enforcement companies, and our Gwinnett County judicial system as nicely as psychological health and fitness treatment corporations that serve our group.”
The task pressure will be led by Lt. Trakida Maldonado, who has both more than 20 several years of legislation enforcement experience and expertise as a certified specialist counselor. Maldonado, who is a training counselor, has Countrywide Board certification with a speciality in cognitive behavioral therapy and has been a hostage negotiator with the Sheriff’s Office environment SWAT Group for numerous yrs. She has more than a ten years of medical expertise, which includes crisis intervention, substance abuse and grownup and adolescent psychotherapy, in addition to her regulation enforcement working experience. She has 11 yrs of encounter as a behavioral expert in Emory Healthcare’s Unexpected emergency Division as perfectly.
The task force’s medical director and system coordinator will be Dr. Dana Tatum, who has more than 30 many years of scientific expertise and is a nationally-known lecturer and forensic psychological consultant in prison habits, hostage negotiation and crisis intervention. Tatum has been doing the job with behavioral health and fitness clinicians, medical learners and regulation enforcement in a training capability for extra than 20 years. He was the main behavioral wellbeing officer for a countrywide correctional health and fitness care service provider, applying behavioral health and fitness treatment options at 28 jails and 17 prisons in 10 states, for 12 years prior to joining the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Workplace.
“As part of our said objective to aggressively overcome mental illness stigma in our group, the MHTF will existing anti-stigma schooling by way of social media, the GCSO web site as effectively as community talking occasions and neighborhood outreach plans,” the Sheriff’s Workplace reported. “The GCSO Mental Well being Undertaking Drive will be recognized local community advocates for the legal rights, protection, and treatment method of the severely mentally sick of Gwinnett County.”