Once an administrator, instructor, or staff member is aware of an individual who is in a psychological distress or crisis, the employee should assess the level of the crisis and respond using the following as guidelines:
Psychological Distress exists when a student’s ability to cope overwhelms their ability to completely function in the college setting. Although the student may report being in distress, they are aware of their actions and exhibit no uncontrollable behaviors.
A Psychological Crisis exists when a person’s capacity to cope has become overwhelmed to the point that they can no longer function effectively. The crisis may be manifested as paranoia, hallucinations, uncontrollable behavior such as crying, or complete withdrawal.
*In the event a family member cannot be contacted, it may be necessary to arrange for the individual to be taken to a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office for treatment. Upon the decision from the Lead Counselor, College Police will be requested to carry out the following actions:
With the assistance of a Center for Student Development Counselor, two college Police Officers will take the distressed person in a police vehicle to Ben Taub Hospital or the University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center for a psychiatric evaluation and possible hospitalization.
An individual that refuses assistance and is found to be a danger to themself and/or others:
With the assistance of a Center for Student Development Counselor, two college police officers will take the distressed person in custody and obtain a mental health warrant through the Harris county Clerk’s Office located in Room 1A33 of the University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center located at 2800 S. McGregor, Houston, Tx 77021 (713-741-6020).
is considered a medical emergency. Ambulatory service would automatically take them into custody and make the decision of where they are to be transported.