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Thanks Sherburne County!
sherburne county law enforcement adopts county wide de-escalation training
After attending the BSF 40 hour CIT training, CIT coach training and CIT trainer class, officers from several Sherburne County, MN agencies began putting on one day CIT Mini-classes for all law enforcement, corrections and human service partners in their county. These classes include 4 hours, 5 scenarios, of practical exercises with professional actors and CIT trained coaches in a small group setting. Also includes mental health overview, practical and effective de-escalation techniques review and discussion of local crisis and mental health resources. They find it to be a cost effective way to improve crisis response and strengthen collaborative partnerships throughout their county. Thanks Sherburne County for your leadership!
Left to right, front row: Officer Cindy Finch (Big Lake Police Dept.) Sgt. Kyle Wilson (Sherburne County Sheriff’s Dept.) Sgt. Jason Lawson: (Becker Police Dept.). Middle row: Deputy Michele Vlasak (Sherburne County Sheriff’s Dept.) Mark Anderson (Barbara Schneider Foundation). Back row: Detective Joe Gacke (Elk River Police Dept.) Sgt. Brian Boos (Elk River Police Dept.)
40 hour memphis model CIT training
BSF Partner's with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office to provide 40 hour memphis model CIT training with a train the trainer model. Classes are open enrollment each year in April and November. See trainning page for details. This class is also available in your community.
bsf's youth crisis actors troupe
Youth actors now join our troupe of adult actors in bringing realism to de-escalation trainings for child and adolescent mental health, social service, health care and justice staff. Actors are trained by BSF and bring their
own insight of stress, trauma and mental illness to the characters they portray in the trainings.
BSF partners with the Karen Community
The Karen community hosted a community training on mental wellness and de-escalation at their community center in St Paul, MN. Discussion focused on the impact of trauma, signs and symptoms of illness, the importance of community partnering with professionals in the response, and available resources.
us senator al franken joins sheriff rich stanek and barbara schneider foundation
In a January 5, 2013 roundtable discussion of police, sheriff, corrections, mental health and advocates, Senator Franken and Sheriff Stanek pledged their commitment to the de-criminalization of mental illness. They voiced suppport for initiatives in courts, corrections, law enforcement, mental health and public policy changes to divert those with a mental illness from the criminal justice system. They will work together to improve the access to needed treatment with more training for first responders and others in de-escalation of mental health crisis situations and with stronger long term support for recovery from mental illness. BSF has worked with Sheriff Stanek on these issues for 6 years and is pleased to support their joint efforts.
Barbara schneider foundation collaborates with Somali Cultural and human Services on mental health crisis outreach
A Saint Paul, Minnesota Agency, Somali Cultural and Human Services, hosts a series of outreach meetings in the conference room of the St Paul Police Department and the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis. Attendees learn about mental health crisis issues, resources available to community members and ways to prevent and respond to mental health crisis situations.
Barbara Schneider foundation Partners with CIT international and national institute of corrections for on line training on CIT in Corrections
Major Sam Cochran consults with CIT Trainer, Deputy Chris Douglas, and CIT Training Actor, Dominic Kanaventi, who are both active in BSF's CIT work. They provided a mental health de-escalation scenario for the NIC national online training for corrections. Charles Jensen, a Trauma and Recovery Specialist with BSF, had a major part in the planning and content of the training. View the training by going to the link on our training page.