Regional Law Enforcement, Judicial System Stakeholders To Gather for Mental Health Law Training

WACO, TX – Dozens of representatives from law enforcement agencies from McLennan, Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Limestone and Freestone counties will converge upon the Heart of Texas Behavioral Health Network (HOTBHN) on Tuesday, November 15 for a one-of-a-kind Mental Health Law training.

HOTBHN, formerly known as the Heart of Texas Region MHMR Center, is partnering with the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health (TJCMH) to provide the free training seminar from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at HOTBHN’s Main Center located at 110 S. 12th Street in Waco.

“We are excited for the opportunity to host this TJCMH training for the first time. We are honored to have judges, attorneys, jail officials and law enforcement officers attending from our six-county region,” said Linus Gilbert, Director of Behavioral Health Justice-Involved Programs for the Heart of Texas Behavioral Health Network. “It is our hope that this training will be of immense value to our partners.”

Those who attend can earn continuing education credits. Training will cover:

  • Using standardized forms
  • Order of protective custody
  • Court ordered medications
  • Mental Health Bonds
  • Incompetency and reevaluations
  • Dismiss and Transfer process
  • Early identification
  • How to use Texas code 16.22

Gilbert says hosting this opportunity shows the commitment the Heart of Texas Behavioral Health Network has in engaging and collaborating with law enforcement and judicial system officials to further justice-involved programs.

“The overall goal is for all participants to learn and apply best practices to better serve individuals with behavioral health who come into contact with the judicial system,” Gilbert said.


Vince Erickson,

Division Director, Community & Governmental Relations

Cell: (254) 265-2030

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