Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $150,000)
Program Narrative (Abstract)
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) with the help of National Alliance of Mental Illness of Tennessee (NAMI) is requesting 150,000 dollars in US Department of Justice funds to establish a training program which will more effectively first responders to assist individuals undergoing a mental health crisis. Under the proposed program the Madison County Sheriff’s Office will partner with ten rural law enforcement agencies representing a population of approximately 160,000 people and for which resent data indicates a high volume of interactions between first responders and individuals in mental health crisis.
The MCSO in partnership with these ten rural agencies will assess the nature of the mental health crisis calls in the communities which they serve and will assist the agencies in implementing a self-perpetuating program for training based on the BJA’s Crisis Response and Intervention Training Program Curriculum, Memphis Model Crisis Intervention Training Model.
The rural agencies included in this partnership are comprised of Sheriff’s offices and local police departments from the following counties: Chester County, Crockett County, Dyer County, Gibson County, Hardeman County, Haywood County, Henderson County, Lake County, McNairy County and Obion County. These rural agencies are located in Western Tennessee and serve a diverse population characterized by low income levels, persistent poverty, a high rate of unemployment, and high number of disabled citizens.
Madison County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a BJA law enforcement grant 2020-J1-BX-0025 Reducing Injury and Death of Missing Individual with Dementia and Developmental Disabilities Program.
In order to more effectively assist the rural agencies targeted by this program, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office will contract with the Jackson, Tennessee office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 1101 Kermit Drive #605, Nashville, Tennessee 37217. A representative from NAMI will assist MCSO by serving as the Project Coordinator, and will be instrumental in the processes of assessing community needs, designing tailored programs for each agency to meet identified community needs or challenges, and in gathering data to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.