M. Connie Almeida, PhD, LSSP
Director of Behavioral Health Services
Dr. Connie Almeida is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas as well as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 1985 followed by a post-doctoral specialization in developmental disabilities at the University of Massachusetts.
Fort Bend County Behavioral Health Services works to increase awareness and services to address the complex needs of persons with behavioral health disorders involved in the legal system or at risk of involvement.
Collaboratively work with the courts, criminal justice and other county departments to develop needed services to support at risk individuals with behavioral health disorders. Our goals are to reduce recidivism, support reintegration, recovery and family reunification.
Programs within Behavioral Health Services
Recovery and Reintegration-This program assists with the recovery and reintegration of adult clients with complex behavioral health needs such as chronic mental illness, substance abuse, intellectual development disabilities (IDD) and/or physical health needs who are at high risk of recidivism with the criminal justice system. The program helps the client develop and sustain a system to support reintegration into the community, stability in their living environment, and improved functioning. Reintegration services may include community based supports, specialized therapies, skill development and intensive case management services.
S.O.U.R.C.E.- Successful Outcomes Utilizing Resiliency for Child Empowerment is a juvenile diversion program for youth ages 11-17 with mental illness and their families in an effort to divert from involvement in the Juvenile Justice system. The goal of the SOURCE program is to assist, empower and provide positive alternatives to adolescents and families with behavioral health needs. The program serves youth with mental illness, Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD), substance abuse and/or physical health needs. Our goal is to work collaboratively with families to reduce risks, build on strengths, and support the youth of Fort Bend County. The program offers individualized and flexible services to assist youth and families and connect them with their community. Services may include family and youth intervention, care coordination, advocacy and education, community based supports, specialized therapies, skill development, wraparound services and follow-up services.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)- A specialized unit formed within the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office that assists in helping individuals suffering from mental illness. The objective of the team is to work with the mental health provider network by assisting mental health consumers in crisis in reaching the appropriate care and by diverting these individuals away from incarceration or emergency rooms when possible. The CIT also provides follow-up checks when necessary to prevent further crisis and assist in recovery. CIT utilizes specialized training and protocols to assist in these goals and is involved in training other first responders within the community in the recognition of mental illness. Behavioral Health Services supports CIT by providing training and resources, administrative and clinical support as well as tracking of outcomes.
Infant Toddler Court-Under the leadership of Judge Pope, 328th District Court, works collaboratively with various partners to keep infants and toddlers safe, heal trauma, preserve and support families where possible and divert children from further involvement in the child welfare or criminal justice system. Behavioral Health Services supports ITC by providing training and resources, Psychological services as needed by the court, Parent-child relationship assessments, enhanced visitation practices and Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe (KITS) annual conference.