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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)

“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)

“Midstate police trained to deal with mental illnesses”

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This June 7, 2014 article on The Sentinel website talks about some of the training that law enforcement receives in Cumberland County to help them better respond to someone with a mental illness.

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisis”


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Philadelphia Sunset (Photo credit: PMillera4)

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This April 10, 2014 The Mercury News article talks about training officers in Philadelphia are receiving to aid them in identifying someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis.

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“Hoarders cause piles of trouble at fires”


English: The building in Pittsburgh.

English: The building in Pittsburgh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This March 30, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the dangers posed to first responders when a call goes out for them to fight a fire or respond for any type of emergency when the call involves the home of a person who hoards items.

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PAMHI 2013 in review

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English: Sydney Opera House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.



Here’s an excerpt:


The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,600 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.


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“Breaking down barriers”

Autism spectrum

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This October 14, 2012 article on the Altoona Mirror website talks about specialized training being offered to first responders on how to respond to someone with Autism.

“Penn Researchers Show Relationship With Working Dogs Protect Handlers From PTSD”

A search and rescue dog at the World Trade Cen...

A search and rescue dog at the World Trade Center site after the attacks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This October 4, 2012 article on the University of Pennsylvania website talks about a 3 year study done that looked at the rate and severity of PTSD in working dogs and their handlers who were deployed on 9/11 to see how they compared to other first-responders who were not teamed with working dogs.  The study looked specifically at search and rescue dogs and their handlers, and the finding seems to show that the search and rescue teams of working dog and a handler, seemed to fare better than other first responders also deployed on 9/11.  It was an interesting article and worth looking at if you have an interest in working dogs and the relationship between them and their handler.

“Dealing with mental health issues focus”



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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”


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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