Empathy Through Therapy: El Paso Sheriff’s Office Proposes Mental Health Program for Peace Officers

Vote on Mental Health Program for Sheriff’s Office by El Paso County Commissioners

The El Paso Sheriff’s Office has proposed a mental health program for its officers, with Sheriff Richard D. Wiles submitting the agenda item to Commissioners Court for approval. The program aims to offer individual and group therapy sessions to peace officers and deputies, as well as specialized treatments such as animal therapy and art therapy, to support their mental well-being. Funding for this initiative comes from a grant award, as stated in the agenda item documents.

If approved, the program will be in effect from March 2024 through March 2025. This is a developing story, and updates will be provided as more information becomes available. KVIA ABC 7 encourages civil and constructive conversation around this topic and asks that comments remain respectful and relevant, following our Community Guidelines. If you have a story idea to share, you can submit it here.

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