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“Law helps boost mental disabilities awareness”

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This July 19, 2015 article on theTimes-Tribune.com website talks about some of the details found in a bill that was recently passed requiring training for certain judges and law enforcement officers to turn the tide and prevent incarceration from being the go-to solution to mental health issues.

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“San Antonio Police Have Radical Approach To Mental Illness: Treat It”

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This August 19, 2014 GantDaily.com article talks about a solution San Antonio Texas has come up with to help police better work with people who are in a mental health crisis.  The process they have developed is said to be a model for the entire country, and decreases the amount of time police officers need to spend getting someone in a mental health crisis help, but also offers the police a solution that offers the person treatment as opposed to being sent to jail and appears to be more cost effective than the traditional options of using the Emergency room or jail.

Flag of the City of San Antonio for fair use t...

Flag of the City of San Antonio for fair use to illustrate the article about San Antonio, Texas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Mentally ill gain new allies in Luzerne County”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This March 22, 2013 article on The Sunday Dispatch website talks about training received by first responders in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. The training certified them as Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and involved learning how to redirect folks who are in a mental health crisis to get help as opposed to arresting them and putting them in jail.  The training involved Mental health professionals, family members, friends, and even Consumers each offering a unique perspective on what may be helpful to someone in a mental health crisis.

“Pilot training launched to administer mental health first aid”

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This article found on Philly.com dated January 27, 2012 talks about training to aid in approaching someone with a mental illness who is in crisis.

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