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Police Training On How To Respond To Mental Health Situations

Police officers often respond to situations that involve people suffering from mental health problems.

Since they are called first for help, there is a growing effort to train the officers in how to handle the situations.

On today's Central Standard, we discuss how police training is changing in order to accommodate mental health crisis response techniques.


  • Frank Denning, Sheriff of Johnson County, Kan.
  • Erin O'Donnell, lieutenant at Johnson County, Kan.
  • Nikk Thompson, crisis intervention training coordinator at NAMI - KC
Laura Spencer has been an arts reporter at KCUR since 2001. Follow her on Twitter @lauraspencer.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.