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Sheriff Dart and NAMI Chicago Call on Lawmakers to Reinstate Funding for Law Enforcement Mental Health Training

CHICAGO –(ENEWSPF)—August 26, 2015. Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago today urged Governor Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers to fund critical advanced mental health training for Illinois law enforcement.

As of July 1, the state ceased funding Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for police officers statewide. CIT training lasts a minimum of one week and provides the knowledge and skills for police officers to safely deescalate and divert non-violent individuals experiencing a mental health crisis into treatment rather than incarceration. According to the Illinois Law Enforcement . . .

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