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Crisis Intervention Team Helps Mentally Ill

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MISSOULA- Several Missoula agencies are banding together to provide mental health training for local law enforcement.

Missoula's Crisis Intervention Team, created several years ago, educates law enforcement officers about mental illness.

The team includes representatives from City Police, the County Sheriff's Department and St. Pat's Hospital.

In Missoula, more than 50 services are available to aid the mentally ill.

Captain Brad Giffin said the group's next big goal is to compile a short list of some local agencies for officers to reference.

Giffin said, "I think traditionally with mental health, they used to be all institutionalized and now they've done away with any help at all. Usually where they end up is a different institution and it's called jail and it's just not appropriate."

With training officers are able to better evaluate if jail is the best option for someone suffering a mental crisis.

Giffin says the group hopes to provide some of this same training to the public in the coming years.

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