In the wake of a recent shooting, a story at the Rockford Register Star’s web site raises questions about how police are trained to deal with people with mental illness. The story quotes Mary Ann Abate and Mary Gubbe Lee, both of Rosecrance.
“Something like this doesn’t happen overnight,” said Mary Gubbe Lee, a longtime Janet Wattles social worker who works with Rosecrance. “Having a community where (crisis intervention training) is active makes a difference because it places an importance on the awareness. It places the importance on initiatives like the triage center. … Early intervention and treatment is key to avoiding these types of situations.”