Here’s the new Psych Services ‘kid’ on the Badge & Gun block

The collaboration between Psychological Services Division and the Badge & Gun is moving into a new chapter. Dr. Lisa Garmezy has now FULLY retired and I know readers will miss her. She left some big shoes to fill.

I wanted to take just a few lines to introduce myself as the new contributor to your monthly online publication. My name is JoAnna Snider and I am one of seven staff psychologists within the division, in addition to our police administrator, Dr. Stephen Tate.

I have been with HPD Psych Services since January 2018 and I am the psychologist who actually filled the position left open by Dr. Garmezy’s retirement.

A few particulars about me: I am a native Texan. I was born in the small town of Waxahachie, south of Dallas. I moved to the big city of Houston when I was 12 years old. I am a Baylor Bear alumni and a Texas Tech Red Raider Mom.

I married a native Houstonian (who I met in Nacogdoches) and I am the mom to three boys, aged 20, 16 and 11. I love animals and have a hard time saying “No” when my kids ask for a new pet, which is why we have three Boxers, three cats, one Leopard Gecko, two Ball Pythons and an Axolotl at our house!

I am very much looking forward to continuing the collaboration between Psychological Services and the Badge & Gun.

While I’m at it, I also wanted to take a minute to remind everyone about the role of HPD’s Psych Services. We provide:

  1. A wide variety of mental health services to any HPD employee (classified or civilian), their spouse or partner and any dependent children under the age of 26. There is no charge for our services or limit on the number of sessions. The services are confidential under the guidelines of the State of Texas and the American Psychological Association. Access to services start at the cadet level and continue through retirement, as long as the retiree is in good standing. We offer both in-person and telehealth services.
  2. Assistance to the Recruiting Division by providing the psychological evaluations for all recruits.
  3. Teaching through either the Academy or the Training Division. The classes we teach are a variety of Cadet, Civilian and Classified classes.
  4.  On-call, crisis-oriented services, especially in regard to Critical Incidents. All of our psychologists have been trained in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) model and are on call to respond as needed to a variety of critical incidents within the department.
  5. Mutual aid services when requested for departments that do not have in-house psychological services but have an officer in need.

The above is a quick summary of our services. Please reach out if needed, as we are here solely to support the men and women of the Houston Police Department.

Thanks to you all for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of your lives and the lives of your families.