Craighead County Crisis Response Team formed

The Craighead County Sheriff’s Office announced a new program, the Craighead County Crisis Response Team, on Tuesday.

The program is beginning in partnership with Arisa Health, Sheriff Marty Boyd’s office announced. This program is funded through a federal grant awarded by the Justice Department. Its purpose is to provide Craighead County with resources that will assist our most vulnerable citizens with compassionate care, the release posted to social media said.

Initially, the Craighead County Crisis Response Team will be made up of one Crisis Intervention Team officer and one licensed mental health professional partnered together to respond to crisis calls related to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Other teams will follow.

The Craighead County Sheriff’s office has always been a leader in providing services focusing on proper treatment and assistance of those experiencing situations in which they may not be in control. Our office will focus on de-escalating and calming down a situation when an individual with a mental illness is involved, discovering what triggered the crisis, connecting the individual with necessary resources, and following up with them on their progress or recovery.

Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator Corporal Jeania Byrd will be the first member of the Craighead County Crisis Response Team. Licensed Professional Counselor Carla Tilghman will also be on the team from Arisa Health. Tilghman is also a Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator as well as a certified part time law enforcement officer. These two have begun responding to crisis situations throughout Craighead County.

We are pleased to bring this to Craighead County and its residents to make it a safe, better, and healthier place to live.

Sheriff Marty Boyd

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