DUNKIRK, NY (WNY News Now) – A training program to help the Chautauqua County Department Of Mental Hygiene better respond to crisis situations concluded this week.
From July 29 to August 9, the department attended numerous training sessions to help better serve the Chautauqua community.
Training sessions were completed by over 100 employees, and gave them real-world situations for real-world circumstances.
Some topics discussed throughout the training sessions were defense tactics in a mental health setting, an outline of available staff supports, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and School Threat Assessment and Response.
“We are fortunate to be able to provide this training for our team and to have a high level of engagement from the staff,” said CCDMH Director of Community Mental Hygiene Services Carmelo Hernandez. “We have adopted a proactive approach and hope to mitigate potentially high-risk situations”.
Assisting in the training were County Deputy Jason Beichner and Deputy Chad Wright, Deputy Director Trish McClennan, Program Director Rachel Ludwig, and NYS University Chief of Police Brett Isaacson.
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