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Crisis Intervention Grant

Posted on 30th September 2015 at 08:52

The City of St. Helens is getting a grant that’s aimed at helping law enforcement officers as they interact with people who might be in a mental health crisis. Police Chief Terry Moss says that a collaborative effort with the Columbia Community Mental Health program has resulted in the award of a $249,000 grant from the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. Moss says that this grant will help pay for the county-wide expansion of the Crisis Intervention Team (or CIT) training program, which will now involve every police officer and deputy in Columbia County. Columbia Community Mental Health, Columbia River Fire and Rescue and Columbia County 911 are also involved in this program. Moss says that this will have big dividends, helping to keep mentally ill people out of jail and headed toward assistance programs. He says that it will be a “huge benefit” to the entire community.