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“Mental health training aids police, first responders”

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This November 20, 2014 Public Opinion article talks about training being received by first responders in Franklin and Fulton Counties in South-Central Pennsylvania to help them respond more effectively to people with mental health issues or who have an intellectual disability.

English: Pennsylvania county map

English: Pennsylvania county map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Hearing Voices”

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This March 23, 2013 article on the StandardSpeaker.com website talks about training that Luzerne County police underwent.  The training involved wearing headphones and hearing things ranging from critical statements soothing music.   While at the same time they were hearing the voices on the headphones, they were run through a basic roadside sobriety test and given instructions at a fast pace.  The combination of what they were hearing through the headphones and the instructions they were given for the roadside sobriety test confused the officers.  So why did they do this you ask?  Simple to get an idea of what it might be like for someone who is having auditory hallucinations during a seemingly simple stop.

 

If this is the same training session I took awhile back, it is one that I feel everyone who comes in contact with mentally ill folks should take if they are first responders, mental health workers, or anyone in the medical field.  The training really does offer some insight into what it might be like for others.

“Dealing with mental health issues focus”

 

 

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

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This article dated January 23, 2012 was found on the TimesLeader.com website.  The article discusses a seminar that police and other first responders in Luzerne County will have the chance to attend that to help them tell the difference between someone with a mental illness who is off their medications and someone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol

“Franklin County officials to learn mental illness strategies”

http://www.publicopiniononline.com/localnews/ci_15800476

This article appeared in the August 17, 2010 edition of “Public Opinion” I thought it was great to see that Franklin is beginning to better train its first responders in how to better deal with folks who are mentally ill, but I have to ask …. when is the rest of the state going to do the same?

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