“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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“Mind Your Health: Mental health first aid gaining momentum”

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This November 4, 2014 article on the DailyLocal.com website talks about a program in Chester County designed to teach people about Mental Health First Aid and has information about where to go to get this training and get certified in Chester County.

Seal of Chester County, Pennsylvania

Seal of Chester County, Pennsylvania (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)

“Op-ed: The Mental Health Crisis Is Real”

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This January 7, 2013 article on the Op-ed website talks about the mental health crisis and how many don’t see the crisis or maybe even choose not to see it, the article points out that it often takes something like the Sandy Hook shooting to get people to ask what allowed it to happen rather than look at what can be done before these things happen to maybe prevent them from occurring.

 

“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.

“Help for your mental health”

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This article dated January 23, 20 12 and found on the CentreDaily.com website offers ideas of potential places to look for low-cost outpatient mental health treatment.  It isn’t specific to Pennsylvania, but many of the places I saw listed I know exist here in PA so I thought it was one that could be helpful.

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