New training program will help those in need

Published 12:12 pm Thursday, March 31, 2016

For many weeks now, members of the Virginia’s Heartland Crisis Intervention Training have been learning how to respond to situations dealing with mental health issues and how to help those in immediate need. Led by Joe Burton, a crisis intervention trainer with the Crossroads Community Services Board, participants have received both classroom instruction and have taken part in practical exercises delivered by mental health professionals and trained experts. “Mental health is going to be a challenge for law enforcement for the long term, the numbers are going to continue to rise, and we want to best prepare and educate our law enforcement so they can rise to the occasion,” said Burton in a previous interview with The Herald. We commend these men and women for wanting to better our community through their training and helping those with mental health issues. Pictured are, from left, first row, Karla Ellington, Tyra Bowman, Calvin Walker, Felicia Martin, Andrea Teague, Burton, (second row) Anastasia Webber, Brian Warner, Mike Driskill, Coretta Booker, Delbert Dove, Garry Hardy, (third row), Scott Earhart, Jackie Gilbert, Dustin Brown, Tanya Morris and Robert Goldman. (Send ‘Way to Go’ photos with names and a description to

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