U.S. Dept. of Justice – Bureau of Justice Assistance The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) promotes innovative cross-system collaboration and provides grants directly to states, local governments, and federally recognized Indian tribes. It is designed to improve responses to people with mental illnesses who are involved in the criminal justice system. JMHCP funding […]

“A PATHWAY TO HOPE AND HEALING” presentation by Lt. Siewert

New Lenox Safe Community Coalition News & Information The New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition hosted the seventh edition of “A Pathway to Hope and Healing” on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 via Zoom starting at 7:00pm. Nearly 55 community members attended the 90-minute free, virtual event.

Orland Park Police Department Mobile Crisis Response Unit

YouTube Video The Orland Park Police Department’s new Mobile Crisis Response Unit has been formed to ensure that the mental health needs of all residents are met, especially during these uncertain times. In partnership with Trinity Services, the Mobile Crisis Response Unit allows for real-time, thorough and in-depth assistance for those in need, when and […]

CIT Training Bridges the Gap Between Law Enforcement and the Mental Health Community

NAMI Illinois Article With long-standing budget shortfalls in Illinois, accessible and affordable mental health resources have become sparse, with availability varying widely around the state. Consequently, when emergency services are contacted during a mental health crisis, law enforcement officers are now the most frequent first responders. This, of course, can be a frightening experience for […]

Embracing CIT and the One Mind Campaign to Make a Difference

Police Chief Magazine Over the last decade, there has been a growing issue for law enforcement—an increase in the number of contacts between individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and police officers with insufficient training and resources to properly respond to this type of situation.

Mental Health First Aid in the Orland Park Police Department

MentalHealthFirstAid.org In March 2016, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) launched the One Mind Campaign in response to the growing number and frequency of interactions between police and individuals with mental illness and substance use disorder, putting both officers and the community at risk. This campaign seeks to empower officers with training, model policies for […]

Orland Park Police Department Helps the Mentally Ill

Chicago Tribune / Daily Southtown Orland Park Police have trained a crisis intervention team to help people suffering from mental illness. Lt. Joseph Mitchell, left, director of training, organized the effort last year. Sgt. Troy Siewert, center, is the team leader of the intervention unit, and Patrolman John Dargan, right, is one of 11 patrolmen […]