Crisis Intervention Program

In keeping with the terms of the Settlement Agreement reached between the City of Cleveland and U.S. Department of Justice, Mayor Frank G. Jackson was joined by William M. Denihan, Alcohol and Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County (ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County), Chief Executive Officer, along with other Cleveland City leaders and representatives for a press conference to announce a new partnership with the City of Cleveland Department of Public Safety and the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County to improve the Cleveland Division of Police’s Crisis Intervention Program.

Over the next year, training lead by the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County for this new crisis intervention program will be provided to all Cleveland Division of Police Officers who may have to deal with individuals who might have mental health issues. 

The signing of this new agreement partnership will allow for Cleveland Police Officers to receive an initial eight hours of training on working with people who have a mental illness. Officers can also volunteer to go through a more intensive 40-hour course. All police recruits will get 16 hours of training. Also, the creation of a Mental Health Advisory Committee will be comprised of police, mental health experts, and clients with mental illness and medical professional that will meet on a regular basis. In addition, the appointment of police captain as a Crisis Intervention Training Coordinator will be implemented as part of the new program requirements. 

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