The Southeast Texas Critical Incident Management (SETCISM) Team is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides critical incident stress management intervention to any agency requesting assistance following a crisis or emergency situation. We provide an organized approach to the management of traumatic stress reactions experienced by first responders and others in the community. The goal of SETCISM is to assist persons involved in a crisis situation with techniques to reduce stress related symptoms. The SETCISM Team only provides immediate crisis intervention and is not designed to replace on-going professional counseling. Priorities of the team include respect for the feelings of the individuals involved in the critical incident and the maintaining of confidentiality of all who participate. The SETCISM Team is also dedicated to providing pre-incident education regarding stress, recognition of stress, and stress reduction strategies.
The SETCISM team was created as a 501c3 in 1999 and has been active locally and nationally ever since its inception. The team is activated using either direct contact with the Team President or Clinical Director, or through the emergency dispatch number which is operated by the Bridge City Fire Department. The team has been officially deployed over 120 times over the past 20 years primarily to conduct defusings and debriefings for local emergency service departments. We have provided CISM services in over 10 Texas counties. We have responded to line of duty deaths, police officer involved shootings, mass casualty incidents, pediatric fatalities and many other traumatic events. The team has also responded to other community incidents, including suicides at businesses, deaths at local chemical plants, bank robberies and schools where multiple children have been injured or killed and school shootings and suicides . Each time the team is deployed, the Clinical Director and Team President make a determinations about how many people to send, how many peers, chaplains and mental health professionals should be dispatched according to the type and number of people expected in attendance.