West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections
Director Magdalena Morales-Aina
800 E. Overland
El Paso, Texas 79901-2516
Phone (915) 546-8120
Fax (915) 546-8130
West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department
- Mental Health Initiative
- The West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department (WTCSCD) designed the Mental Health/ Mental Retardation Caseload (MHMRC) to provide more intensive supervision for those offenders suffering from mental illness or mental retardation. It is difficult to supervise these offenders because of the lack of services in the El Paso region, therefore leaving these offenders unequipped with the necessary linkages to medication, treatment, and community services that will be needed to maintain a crime free and drug-free lifestyle. These problems are further exacerbated when offenders with mental impairments also have substance abuse problems.
- The task of supervising offenders with mental illness or mental retardation encompasses monitoring a caseload and assuring that the individual is receiving the necessary services required to stabilize the offender in the community. In an effort to stabilize the probationer, the CSO may refer the offender for psychiatric services and outpatient and residential treatment. Additionally, offenders may take advantage of obtaining their General Equivalency Diploma and receiving employment readiness training by utilizing existing WTCSCD programs.
- The MHMRC is part of the Intensive Probation Program under specialized caseloads and is therefore able to accept cases from existing intermediate sanctions. Eligible participants of MHMRC are male and female, misdemeanor and felony offenders who are referred to the program by the courts or through the normal procedures of the WTCSCD. Placement on the MHMRC will be based upon the outcome of a screening and assessment process conducted by the Supervisor of Special Programs. This process is designed to determine eligibility and appropriateness for additional services or referrals.