COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office is awarding $60,000 in grant money to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Ohio for crisis intervention training of law enforcement officers.
DeWine says the 40-hour course educates law enforcement officers about handling situations involving people with mental illness. The training is a community-based collaboration between the alliance, law enforcement, mental health consumers and mental health providers.
Law enforcement officers are taught about mental health disorders, the local mental health system and practical methods for de-escalating crises.
DeWine says the training is critical for those in law enforcement. He says it can help de-escalate situations involving those with mental health issues and other potentially dangerous situations.