Grand Traverse Co. Law Enforcement, Behavioral Specialists Undergo Mental Health Training

Law enforcement and behavioral health specialists in Grand Traverse County have been undergoing some unique training this week.

A group from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston, Texas has been working with staff at Northern Lakes Community Mental Health, to give anyone in crisis the support they so badly need.

All week law enforcement and mental health specialists have been learning how to identify symptoms, and respond to people with established mental health issues, or those experiencing an emotional crisis.

Thursday they were able to get hands-on and play out some scenarios to simulate what could be encountered on the job.

“We want law enforcement officers to have a good idea of what it is that’s out there what they may come into contact with and then give them some tips and some tools to utilize as far as verbal communication to help limit you know having to use force on individuals that suffer from mental illness,” Eric Uriegas, crisis intervention instructor said.

For more information on the services provided by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health, including a 24-hour crisis line, click here.