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“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)

“Certified Peer Specialist Training Opportunity for Veterans or Active Military”

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Date: January 22 and 23, 2014
Harrisburg DGS Annex Complex
Application must be postmarked or faxed by December 6

Follow the link at the top for more details about how and where to apply.

 

“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.

“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.

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