Tom Green County Crisis Intervention Unit Case Study

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The Tom Green County Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) was formed in 1999 as an adjunct of the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Stewart Dickson hired Rita Guthrie as the coordinator and she has remained in that position since that time. Ms. Guthrie has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling. Before heading the CIU, she was an advocate for victims at several local agencies including the New Direction Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program and the San Angelo Family Shelter. Her passion for victims of violence and others in crisis led to her selection as the CIU coordinator. Ms. Guthrie states that there is not a formal job description for her position. As one of only two full-time, paid employees, she and her
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