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Victim Services Division

Employee Support Services (ESS)

Stress and trauma may be an inherent part of the job, however TDCJ staff do not need to navigate their experiences alone. The goal of the Employee Support Services (ESS) section is to provide peer support to all TDCJ staff and equip them with the skills for managing work related stress and help maintain a quality of work-life balance.

The ESS section is comprised of Regional Crisis Response Intervention Support Program (CRISP) Coordinators and Staff Victim Advocates. The Regional CRISP Coordinators and Staff Victim Advocates all have backgrounds in criminal justice and are trained in peer support and crisis intervention. They are not meant to be to a replacement for mental health counseling or therapy, however they can assist with linkage to services. The Regional CRISP Coordinators and Staff Victim Advocates are each assigned to one of the TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division (CID) six regions. They are available to meet staff by phone, videoconference, or in-person.

Regional CRISP Coordinators
The TDCJ unit or field CRISP teams provide the initial response to critical events. If requested, the Regional CRISP Coordinators may also provide assistance to critical events and check on unit or field CRISP team members who responded. In addition, the Regional CRISP Coordinators assist with Staff Impact Team responses. The Regional CRISP Coordinators provide services to all TDCJ staff to include peer support, information and referral to community-based services, post-critical event support and follow up, and wellness training. The Regional CRISP Coordinators provide peer support in the areas of both work and life challenges.

Staff Victim Advocates
The Staff Victim Advocates provide assistance to staff who may become victimized while on or off duty. The goal of a Staff Victim Advocate is to respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims. They explain the statutorily mandated rights of a crime victim, assist with Crime Victims Compensation and completing a Victim Impact Statement, and provide accompaniment, if the case goes to prosecution.

Staff Wellness Toolkit
ESS encourages staff wellness and self-care, which is an essential building block to work-life balance and resiliency. The Staff Wellness Resource Library provides links to helpful tools and information for TDCJ staff to explore topics that include, however not limited to coping strategies such as breathing techniques, mental health, nutrition, and physical health, even resources for families, spouses, and significant others. To access the Staff Wellness Toolkit either follow the link: Staff Wellness Resources · Customer Self-Service (texas.gov) or scan the QR code below:

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To locate the Regional CRISP Coordinator or Staff Victim Advocate assigned to your region please refer to the map below for their name and contact information.

Staff may also contact a Regional CRISP Coordinator or Staff Victim Advocate through the ESS general email: vsd.employee_support_services@tdcj.texas.gov or by calling the VSD hotline number: 1-800-848-4284. The hotline number is answered Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Contact Us

ESS Regional CRISP Coordinators

Region I
Tracie Sible
Cell: 903-948-6309

Region II
Gidgett McKnight
Cell: 936-662-4638

Region III
Torri Moore
Call: 346-456-8795

Region IV
Vacant
VSD Hotline:
800-848-4284

Region V
Linda Gonzales
Cell: 806-715-6501

Region VI
Trisha Boardman
Call: 325-998-1150

ESS Staff Victim Advocates

Region I
Connie Kennard
Call: 936-581-7457

Region II
Kristen Peltier
Call: 972-799-7913

Region III
Jordan Schlafer
Call: 832-600-6439

Region IV
Jordan Schlafer
Call: 832-600-6439

Region V
Kristen Peltier
Call: 972-799-7913

Region VI
Connie Kennard
Call: 936-581-7457