There's a new video on our YouTube channel: 'Crisis Intervention: Mental Health (Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)'
Last year, deputies responded to over 400 mental-health related calls, and about 30 percent of offenders booked at our Jail suffer from some sort of mental illness. This video explores Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) -- a mandatory program that teaches law-enforcement personnel the safest and most constructive way to develop rapport with people suffering from mental-health issues. It also embeds on calls with deputies, behavioral-health professionals, and the team at Clackamas County Behavioral Health's Centerstone Urgent Mental Health Walk-In Clinic.
Since February 2005, the Sheriff's Office has collaborated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and local mental-health agencies to build its Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program. This video presents interviews with people working to help law-enforcement have positive encounters with those struggling with mental-health issues.
You can find more background on Crisis Intervention Training at the Sheriff's Office here and here.