Brookings Crisis Intervention Starts Now

The Crisis Intervention Task Force is in full-swing and ready to impact the community!  Our tiny group’s hard work has paid off and we are starting Crisis Intervention Training on November 5, 2018 at the City/County Building on the third floor.  There will be five days of classes.  November 5, 2018, November 19, 2018, November 26, 2018, and December 3, 2018 with the last class and graduation held on December 10, 2018.  There are panelists from the Brookings Crisis Center, the Brookings Hospital Pharmacy, the State’s Attorney’s Office, East Central Behavioral Health, Avera Behavioral Health, Edgewood Vista, the 211 Hotline, the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office, the Sioux Falls Police Department, the Yankton Police Department, SDSU Mental Health, Brookings Hospital, NAMI, Attorneys, SDSU Counseling and Human Development, the Department of Disability Vocational Rehab, and scenarios being put on with the talents of LineBenders, an acting troop that actively engages class participants.

Law Enforcement Officers with the Brookings Police Department, the Brookings Sheriff Office, Brookings County Correctional Officers, South Dakota State University Police Department and Emergency Room Personnel have been invited to participate in the inaugural class.  We are excited to engage the people on the mental health “front-line”, if you will, and teach de-escalation techniques and educate participants on the different areas of Mental Illness in the community.  The topics to be discussed are varied and include: an Overview of Mental Illness, Medications for Serious Psychiatric Issues, the Brookings County Involuntary Committal Process and Mental Health Law, Triage and Safety Plans, Mental Illness and Seniors, Safety Planning, Suicide Prevention and Community Resources, Active Listening and De-escalation Techniques, Military Veterans in Crisis, Farmers in Crisis, PTSD and Trauma, Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders, Child and Adolescent Mental Illness, Sexual Assault Trauma, Scenario Based Trainings, Family Perspectives, Consumer Perspectives, Durable Power of Attorney and Developmental Disability Issues, Cultural Competence Crisis Response, and  Hearing Impairment and Psychological Crisis.

We are pleased to have the support of the Brookings Empowerment Project and are looking forward to furthering their goal of educating our participants and creating discourse, discussion and understanding in regards to the issues of mental health in Brookings and the County of Brookings.

For more information, please contact Teree Nesvold at the Brookings County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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