Goal #10

Develop a Regional Mental Health Service Unit with partner Best Southwest cities.

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1. Establish a Steering Committee with partner agencies for guidance on establishing a regional unit | Police | Start FY 2022 Q1 | Complete FY 2022 Q1

2. Pursue Interlocal Agreements with partner agencies | Police & Municipal Court | Start FY 2022 Q1 | Complete FY 2022 Q3

3. Research and procure physical workspace and facilities to house a regional team | Police | Start FY 2022 Q1 | Complete FY 2022 Q2

4. Create governance documents to define work responsibilities for regional partner agencies | Police | Start FY 2022 Q1 | Complete FY 2023 Q3

5. Distribute client/family satisfaction surveys | Police | Start FY 2022 Q1 | Complete FY 2022 Q4

6. Research additional grant funding opportunities including resubmission to Dallas County for additional/ongoing grant funding | Police & City Manager’s Office | Start FY 2022 Q1 | Complete FY 2022 Q4

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3rd Quarter Update
July 2022 

The Regional CARE Team is up and running with partnerships and staff from DeSoto, Lancaster, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and Glenn Heights. The implementation focus now shifts to performance, data collection, and sustainability through securing future funding. The Team will also initiate a marketing campaign to increase awareness of this valuable resource.

2nd Quarter Update
April 2022 

The Cities of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Lancaster, and Glenn Heights have all approved governance agreements that allow for the formation and staffing of a Regional Behavioral Health Services Unit. The regional unit is operating out of Northside Elementary School through an agreement with DeSoto ISD. The second year of funding was approved through Dallas County and accepted by the City of DeSoto in April 2022. This funding will allow DeSoto’s regional partners to remain engaged in the project through financing to support the reallocation of staff and resources. A draft Interlocal Agreement for a regional diversion court structure has been prepared and is being reviewed by each of the participating cities.