NWA officers becoming better equipped to deal with mental illness
NWA Arkansas officers can now better identify someone who would benefit going to a Crisis Stabilization unit rather than put behind bars.
By Haley Hughey
WASHINGTON COUNTY - 25 more officers are now a part of the Crisis Intervention Team meaning they have the tools to diminish the chance of a dangerous situation with someone who may just need help.
"It's a win them. It's a win for us," said Cpl. Leighanne Brewer with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
All too often officers find themselves in a situation where a person doesn't need to go to jail, but needs help.
"It keeps fewer people from the detention center, it's bursting at the seams as it is," said Brewer.
These officers can now better identify someone who would benefit going to a Crisis Stabilization unit rather than put behind bars.
"Individuals can come voluntarily who are having an issue not emergent enough to be in harm of themselves or others. But where they need to get back on track," explained Kim Arnold, State Executive Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Arkansas.
NWA doesn't have one of these units yet, but Arnold said this training goes further than that. Read more.