Police Get Crisis Intervention Training

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Local law enforcement is training this week on how to respond to emergencies involving behavioral health.

It’s called the Crisis Intervention Training Program.

The Hamilton Center is holding the training for officers from the community and ISU.

The goal is to bridge the gap between police response and mental health care.

That way, first responders can more safely and effectively deal with crisis situations.

“We’re really just hoping this week puts an extra tool in the officers’ belts to help them respond to patients that are having a mental illness crisis and really bring the community together as a whole. We’re really wanting this to not be a law enforcement issue, or a mental health agency issue, but bring us together as a community and help serve our patients in the safest way possible,” says Ashley Williams, the Director of the Behavioral Inpatient Unit at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

She also says some Indiana counties started this training in 2001, but this is the first year for the Crisis Intervention Training in Vigo County.

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