Mission: A.) To provide support, education and advocacy for people with mental illness (hereinafter referred to as “consumers”), family members and friends. B.) To provide a network of support for consumers, family members and friends in times of crisis and on an on-going basis. C.) To elevate the level of sensitivity and knowledge of mental illness among health care professionals, law enforcement agencies and the public. D.) To promote better quality of care for consumers, to promote the rights and interests of consumers and to advocate policies at the local, state and national levels to accomplish these objectives.
Project Funded ($3,000): Funding is to help sustain Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement. This program is designed to improve the outcomes of police interactions with people with mental illnesses by training officers to prevent and to de-escalate a crisis when encountering people with mental illness. The program provides tools for responding more safely and compassionately to people with serious mental illness giving officers additional options over arrest and incarceration when they encounter people in crisis, improving public safety, reduces officer injuries and time officers spend dealing with mental disturbance calls.
P.O. Box 2415
Sandpoint, ID 83864