Training to Deal with Mental Illness

 (CBS)- In 2016 alone, the NYPD received approximately 157,000 calls involving someone in a mental health crisis.

“The whole idea was how do we keep people out of the criminal justice system, who don’t need to be in there, to resolve whatever issue they have,” said Susan Herman, the NYPD deputy commissioner for collaborative policing.

The New York City program was created out of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2014 Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System. Currently, the NYPD has trained over 5,000 out of their 35,000 uniformed officers in Crisis Intervention Training.

A panel of community members who struggle with mental illnesses helps advise the NYPD and participate in the department’s CIT training. CBS News attended a recent session.

Read more and watch the video from CBS [HERE].



If you are having thoughts of suicide, help is available. You have options and you are not alone. You can call the Life Line at 1-800-273-8255 or 911 for an emergency. You can also text “Talk” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741. 

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