Monday, September 21, 2009

2009 Crisis Redesign Survey by Texas A&M

This is a reminder to participate in the 2009 Crisis Mental Health Survey by Monday, October 5th. This survey is anonymous, so if you have already replied to the survey, please disregard this reminder!


Law enforcement agencies, emergency room personnel, courts, mental health providers, and communities often find it challenging help people in mental health crisis. The 2006 “Crisis Service Redesign” report from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) observed:

The systems for responding to mental health crises in Texas are uniformly inadequate to meet community needs. Other systems called on to serve as alternative sources of help, such as law enforcement, jails, emergency rooms of general hospitals, and social services, are not appropriate, cost effective, or able to provide the level and type of services that people in mental health crises need in order to recover.

To address these problems, in 2007, DSHS was awarded $82.0 million from the Texas Legislature to redesign the community mental health crisis system. Researchers from Texas A&M University are evaluating the effects the Crisis Services Redesign (CSR) initiative has had on communities around the state. This evaluation will provide important feedback to DSHS and to the legislature about the success of CSR.

We are asking you to participate in a survey about crisis services in your community. You were selected for participation in this survey because of your important role in assisting individuals experiencing a mental health crisis in your community. This survey is your chance to say how you think CSR is working in your community.

Please feel free to forward this survey to others in your organization who are knowledgeable about mental health crisis services.

In the next week, we will be distributing this survey through other means, such as organizational list serves. If you receive another request to participate in this study, please disregard that e-mail and use the link found at the bottom of this e-mail.

If you are willing to participate, please click on the link at the bottom of this e-mail to be directed to additional information about the survey and the survey itself. If you have any questions about the study, please do not hesitate to contact the primary investigator for the evaluation, Dr. Dottie Carmichael (979-845-9378;

Thank you in advance for your assistance,

Dottie Carmichael

Texas A&M University

To participate click the link below:

(if the link does not work, copy and paste this link into the address bar of your browser)

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