Law enforcement officers are undergoing training to better handle mental health cases in our area.
The training for officers at the Washington County, Virginia Sheriff's Office will help deputies determine if actions of suspects are behavioral disorders or if they're actually criminal.
Last year, the department responded to 983 calls related to mental health. Officers will be going through the training session with their mental health provider, Highlands Community Services.
Miller Phillips the Director of Crisis Services for Highlands said "We're actually fortunate because our law enforcement in our area work so closely with us anyway that if they recognize a situation where they think this might involve a mental health patient, they're going to call us right up."
The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services provided the funding for the grant.