- Associated Press - Thursday, April 13, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia corrections officials have announced intensive training for an initial class of guards on ways to safely defuse incidents involving mentally ill inmates.

Using a federal grant, the Division of Corrections says the 40-hour class for crisis intervention teams is adapted from the Memphis Model.

Training includes signs and symptoms of mental illnesses, treatment, co-occurring disorders, legal issues and techniques to de-escalate confrontations.

It was created after a mentally ill man was fatally shot by a Memphis policeman in 1987.

Deputy Corrections Commissioner Mike Coleman says the goal “is to provide a safer way to resolve these incidents for everyone involved.”

According to the division, mental health first aid training developed by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill will be provided for all correctional officers and facility staff.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide