Mental Health Board receives training grant

The Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board has received a grant to begin training police officers in crisis intervention and training for a mobile crisis team.

The $223,283 grant with a $108,038 in-kind local match will provide training to better prepare officers for dealing with someone who suffers from a mental illness and is exhibiting anti-social behavior. Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg said some of his officers have already had similar training and it has been an invaluable resource.

“Law enforcement has become a discipline that requires an officer to have significant knowledge of human behavior,” Rodenberg said. “It always has been but today people are under more and more pressure and this sometimes leads them to act out in socially unacceptable ways.”