New Course Teaches LRPS Strategies for Dealing with People with Mental Health Issues: B93.3 FM : Lethbridge's #1 Hit Music Station : Lethbridge News, Alberta
B93 FM Lethbridge

 
Home /Local News Feed /
New Course Teaches LRPS Strategies for Dealing with People with Mental Health Issues

 
 

LETHBRIDGE: A new Crisis Intervention Team is in place for the Regional Police force, with 10 officers receiving extensive training to properly deal with individuals who have mental health issues.

 

The 40-hour course deals with a number of topics including clinical issues related to mental illness, medications and side effects, developmental disabilities, suicide prevention, mental health diversity, personality disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, alcohol and drug assessment and de-escalation techniques.

 

Sergeant Tiffany Housworth took charge of the local initiative, which was first developed in Memphis. She noted that while the training won't be for everyone, they will be adding to the current group, "We would like to continue to run classes at least annually, I'm hoping to do another one in the late fall and early spring, to keep enough of the population of our members who are currently out there on the street, so that if there's an incident like that, they would be the first ones that would be called to it."

 

Another important element of the program is a partnership with community groups like the Lethbridge Shelter, Alberta Works, Alberta Health Services-Seniors Mental Health, Canadian Mental Health Association and YWCA. Housworth goes over why it was crucial to have those organizations involved, "If there's a problem you're better off to find the resources to try and find some kind of long term resolution than to keep responding to the same thing over and over again. And that person can learn techniques to cope with their situation or get the proper medication, get the proper treatment. And so they'll be less likely to have these kind of crisis incidents in the future."



Posted on Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 4/22/2014 3:31:20 PM
Source: Patrick Burles (@PatrickBurles on Twitter)-- Country 95 News------Photo: Sgt. Tiffany Housworth discusses the Crisis Intervention Team during a press conference
 
 
Latest News Articles

 
Former Taber Man Gets Nine Years for Sexually Assaulting Step Sons
Thursday, May 09, 2013 : 4/22/2014 3:31:20 PM
 
Property Taxes Get Even Lower In Village Of Nobleford
Thursday, May 09, 2013 : 4/22/2014 3:31:20 PM
 
Lethbridge Fish and Game Association Hosting Free Event at Shooting Range this Weekend
Thursday, May 09, 2013 : 4/22/2014 3:31:20 PM
 
Get Rid Of Old Electronics During The "Ecycle Drive"
Thursday, May 09, 2013 : 4/22/2014 3:31:20 PM
 
Public Library Getting New Bookmobile
Thursday, May 09, 2013 : 4/22/2014 3:31:20 PM
Home /Country 95.5 FM News


 
 

 




 
B93.3 FM
Home Promotions
Station Blogs
On Air Events
News  
Other Links
Contact Us Alberta Equity Scholarship Program
Legal Notice Advertise with B93.3 FM
Privacy Policy  
Connect with B93.3 FM