MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Business cards that list services for people experiencing a mental health crisis are just one tool police in a Twin Cities suburb are using to de-escalate calls involving mentally ill people.
The Minnesota Public Radio reports that the cards carried by Minnetonka police list four contact numbers for services that help people experiencing a mental health crisis. Researchers created the cards for a training program earlier this year in hopes it provides an accessible and effective model for de-escalation training at other Minnesota police departments.
A law took effect last year requiring and funding de-escalation training for every officer in the state. Most other training programs come from solely a law enforcement perspective. But researchers wanted to apply techniques to Minnetonka that were effective in professions like teaching and nursing.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org