Sunday, March 10, 2019




Funding for crisis intervention training sought in state budget

NEW CITY – State Senator David Carlucci (D, Nanuet) is calling for $1.5 million to be allocated in the state budget each year for statewide police training for crisis intervention.

Carlucci noted crisis intervention training is “critical” because it teaches officers how to de-escalate situations with people suffering from mental illness.

“This is about saving lives,” the senator said. “We know one in five people suffers from mental illness and about 10 percent of police calls involve a person with mental illness. Sometimes officers are the first responders in a mental health crisis, and it’s important they are able to help people get the treatment they need instead of taking them to jail.”

“Our officers have benefits from crisis intervention training because in the past 10 years the number of calls of people in crisis has doubled, probably from 323 to about 589 calls per year,” said Clarkstown Police Captain Jeffrey Wanamaker. “I think the defunding of mental health has caused a lot of this and our officers are asked to do so much with regards to mental health.”

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