May 16, 2018 08:23 PM
(ABC 6 News)-- The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) launched a national initiative that is aimed to keep people with a mental illness out of jail.
However, Olmsted County is already ahead of the game being the only county in Minnesota with a dedicated crisis intervention training. It teaches officers how to deal with some of the most dangerous situations they face out on the field relating to crises or mental health calls.
"We've seen quite a bit of an increase in just the last few years, so we know that's there," said mental health law enforcement liaison Megan Schueller. "But we don't know where a lot of the solutions are."
Schueller rides along with law enforcement when there is a crisis call or calls that could lead up to a crisis.
"People are still in crisis whether in a custody setting, a community setting, or a placement setting," said Schueller. "They're in crisis and they need help in whatever moment that is."
Created: May 16, 2018 08:23 PM
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