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How police & first responders can better handle calls involving people in a mental health crisis



It?'s estimated that, nationally, 10 percent of police calls involve a person in mental-health crisis. How responding officers handle confrontations with these individuals can make the difference between a positive outcome or one where citizens or officers are killed or injured. Joining us to discuss Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training for police and other first responders are psychiatrist Dr. Tracy Skale, chief medical officer of Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services; Lisa Monast, Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio associate director and CIT Coordinator; Beth Roach, CIT Officer with the Blue Ash Police Department; and Blue Ash Police Chief Paul Hartinger.