By Curtis Driscoll
First responders from Mendocino County have completed the first Crisis Intervention Team Training class that deals with mental health. The three-day class at Consolidated Tribal Health in Redwood Valley was part of a push by local law enforcement and the county to give first responders more training and help in understanding mental health.
Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman presented the graduates with certificates Wednesday evening, after they took a test, and thanked them for their dedication and willingness to get more training about mental health.
“You were experts before you walked into this room on Monday because of what our job is. So this just enhanced your ability,” Allman said during the ceremony.
He said the class meets all the criteria for Crisis Intervention Team training and was funded through Measure B funds and is part of the National Stepping Up Initiative. The course is part of first responder training for mental health so they have a better understanding of mental health situations when they are on the job.
During Allman’s speech to the graduates, he thanked everyone and also asked them to talk to their peers to spread awareness about the class. He said that their goal was to make sure that they delivered the best possible education about mental health to first responders and eventually to everyone in the community.
“We intend to have parents, nurses and teachers in this class to hear the exact same thing,” Allman said. “The responsibility doesn’t just belong to the government; it belongs to family members and community members. That’s what the intent is.”