KOAA: El Paso Couty Sheriff's Office To Train Deputies In Mental Health First Aid

Posted 04/13/2017

El Paso County Sheriff's Office will be the first Sheriff's office in the state of Colorado to train its deputies in mental health first aid.

A recent study shows that many people held in county jails are facing mental health issues. With help from National Alliance on Mental Health and Aspen Pointe, patrol deputies are learning basic knowledge of mental health and how to better deal with people in crisis.

"We're talking about schizophrenia, bipolar, PTSD. We're giving them the basic foundation of what those disorders look like... tools on how to recognize those disorders, and how to deescalate the situation," a representative from El Paso County Sheriff's Office said.

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