In 2017, the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 423. This act established Crisis Stabilization Units in the state and set forth requirements for law enforcement to be trained in crisis intervention. Our area is fortunate to have a CSU at Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center.
This week around 20 law enforcement officers and first responders will be training from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily at WACGC. Every day law enforcement encounters someone in a mental health crisis. The goal of the training is to train law enforcement on how to correctly assess and help someone in crisis. SCSO has two deputies currently in the training. Over the last two years SCSO has had 20 deputies trained in the Crisis Intervention model.
If anyone would like more information feel free to contact Joey Potts or Rusti Holwick at WACGC.