The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office received $34,535 in first-time grant funding to help train the Loudoun County Crisis Intervention Team.
The money is part of $4.2 million presented by from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to better help law enforcement respond to individuals suffering from mental illness.
Loudoun's first developed Crisis Intervention Team training in Oct. 2012 through a collaborative effort between the LCSO, the Leesburg Police Department, the Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Inova Loudoun Hospital. The purpose of the training is to help resolve crisis situations and get mentally ill people treatment rather than involved in the criminal justice system. The third training session was held this month.
The training, taught by deputies, mental health professionals and other experts, includes classroom instruction and role playing exercises.
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