Local Police Pariticipate in CIT

FAIRBANKS- Mental support agencies organized a crisis intervention training for local law enforcement. During the week- long program, police from different departments learned how to de-escalate a crisis situation when confronting someone suffering from mental illness. With the new skills, police can help the mentally ill reconnect with health care support rather than be arrested. Today, police learned the complexities and stigmas about post-traumatic stress disorder. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Fairbanks Police Department, the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services helped organize the training with a grant from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.