Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Letter: Understanding Mental Illness

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Letter: Understanding Mental Illness

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Your recent editorial was right on target. The 12-week NAMI Family to Family Workshop was excellent. As a non-mentally ill citizen, I learned a great deal from the instructors and participants, all of whom had mentally ill family members.

For more than a decade, criminal justice agencies in Topeka have undergone CIT (crisis intervention team) training. Today, a majority of the officers who work at the Topeka Police Department, the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office and the Shawnee County Jail have taken the 40-hour CIT training. The principal purpose of this training is to take mentally ill people who are arrested to Valeo Behavioral Health Care for a mental health evaluation. This evaluation process is a valuable tool used to divert the mentally ill out of the criminal justice system and get them the treatment they need. Thank goodness for Valeo. …

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