As more first responders encounter persons with mental illness, protocols are being developed to better handle these situations and get treatment to those who need it. Learn what Tucson Police Department is doing and also how to recognize when mental illness might be a factor in situations that require a 911 call.
Salients below, details shamelessly plagiarized from Councillor Kozachik’s newsletter way
* WHAT: Presentation, TPD Mental Health Support Team and de-escalation work
* WHO: anyone interested in TPD’s de-escalation techniques and how situations involving mentally ill people are addressed.
* WHEN: Thu 10th, AUG 2017, 6:00PM
* WHERE: Steve Kozachik’s Ward 6 office, 3202 East 1st Street
(southeast of Country Club/ Speedway) (south of Walgreen’s)
Come and join us on Thursday, August 10th at 6 p.m. here at the Ward 6 community room for what will be a very interesting evening with TPD. The first part of the event will be an explanation by our Mental Health Support Team (MHST) on the training they receive, and their role out in the community. Included in this part of the event will be instruction on what you should look for when viewing and reporting incidents to most effectively get the MHST. trained officers to the scene. The goal is getting people the treatment they need and avoiding incarceration if at all possible.
Following that we’ll get a briefing from TPD on the de-escalation work they’re doing within the agency. You may become involved in this work if you’d like to sign up to take part in some of their training scenarios. We’ll see videos of the training and the officers who join us on the 10th will give you detailed descriptions of what you may expect when you sign up to take part in their work.
Both of these are key parts of our Tucson police training. I’m grateful to the officers who will join us on the 10th to engage directly with you on both the mental health and de-escalation work they’re doing. I hope you can join us. It will be interesting and educational.
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