Wolf Administration Wins Federal Grant for Corrections and Parole Crisis Intervention Training

first_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, has been awarded a federal grant totaling almost $280,000 to implement crisis intervention training (CIT) for staff members in community corrections centers, mental health contracted providers and parole supervision.The funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Justice through the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, will allow more than 180 DOC and parole staff to work with county first-responders and mental health providers already trained in CIT.“The Department of Corrections and Parole professionals currently serve more than 1,200 people living in community corrections facilities, including an estimated 300 individuals with mental health diagnoses,” Governor Wolf said. “This grant will help these professionals learn how to best handle a crisis to ensure the safety of those living in facilities, as well as the residents and communities in these areas.”Of the more than 46,000 inmates currently in Pennsylvania state prisons, 31 percent have a mental health diagnosis, a figure that has increased significantly in the past decade.“The DOC has been actively developing new policies and treatment programs to address the growing population of those with mental illness with the understanding that more than 95 percent of them will return to the community one day,” said Wetzel. “This grant will allow us to build upon the work already being done and provide potentially life-saving training to staff helping individuals prepare to reenter the community.”“This intervention training grant will provide our parole officers a better understanding of the various types of mental health distresses a person might have and when someone may be experiencing a mental crisis,” said PBPP Chairman Leo Dunn. “We are proud that these grants will offer the assistance, skills and resources to our agents to identify those in need of mental health care and to seek out appropriate treatment services.”The training will be piloted in Allegheny, Berks, and Mercer counties and focus on centers located in Pittsburgh, Reading, and Sharon.In addition to CIT training in the three identified counties, DOC will conduct an evaluation on the impact of CIT in Community Corrections settings. If the evaluation is positive, CIT could be instituted for community corrections staff across Pennsylvania.The DOC has so far provided Crisis Intervention Training to 1,508 staff members, of whom 1,002 are correction officers. Wolf Administration Wins Federal Grant for Corrections and Parole Crisis Intervention Training SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img November 08, 2017last_img read more

Everton’s Leighton Baines glad to be back ‘in a positive place’

first_imgEverton defender Leighton Baines is looking forward to a pain-free second half of the season after returning from two ankle operations. Press Association “Getting on in a couple of games was good psychologically and it was good just to be in and around the first team again. “It had been a long time. Seven months is a long time to be out and so there are going to be little ups and down and I can’t expect to be perfect at the moment but I am really happy with where I am at. “Hopefully there will be more opportunities to tick more boxes and get more minutes and that one on Saturday was a big one for me getting 90 minutes, it was a full game and required me to manage myself through that.” Another player trying to remain optimistic is forward Steven Naismith, who has not featured in a league match since he was hauled off at half-time of the 3-0 defeat by Manchester United. Everton rejected a bid from Norwich late in the summer and there is a possibility he will move on when the window reopens in January but the Scotland international still hopes he has a part to play at Goodison Park. “I’ll speak to the manager and see where we’re at but I am just focused on the Christmas run, there are so many games and it might be the chance I need,” Naismith told the Liverpool Echo. “Come the middle of January I may have played every game since and it’s no longer being talked about. “I have learnt in football than things can change in an instant. “After my first season at Everton, I was being written off and people didn’t think I was worth my place in the squad. “But a year later I was playing well and played nearly every game throughout the season, so football is so fickle and can change so quickly.” center_img The 31-year-old played his first 90 minutes since May in the weekend’s 1-1 draw at Norwich and having got through that test he is now focused on the future. “This last 10 days or so I’ve felt great, everything I’ve done there has been no reaction and I’m close to being pain-free. I’m in a positive place,” said the England defender after a game for the Under-21s and two substitute appearances for the first team helped his comeback from surgery. last_img read more