More correctional officers in Illinois are getting mental health training to better equip them in the field. More than 13,000 employees attended a two-day class to learn about conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
They also learned to understand the effects of psychiatric medications and how to interact with inmates who use them.
Gov. Bruce Rauner says this is another step towards reducing the prison population by helping those with mental health get the treatment they need.
“If we don’t recognize, address it, and it deal with it, we won’t really keep the people of Illinois safe. And very importantly, we won’t keep you and your fellow teammates safe,” says Gov. Rauner.
This is the first time ever Illinois officers received any training on how to work with people who suffer from mental diseases.