Crisis Intervention Training
Every year since 2007, students from Montana State University Billings’ theater program have helped hundreds of law enforcement officials from across Montana put newly learned skills in dealing with people with mental health or substance abuse crisis events to the test.
Montana State University Billings theater students Sean Slaugh and Jeremy Behounek act out a scene for law enforcement officers at a crisis intervention training program in Billings.
Deputies Caleb Greenfield, left, and Josh Leonhardt try to calm down Montana State University Billings theater student Sean Slaugh, who was playing a man claiming he can fly with homemade wings, during a crisis intervention training workshop in Billings.
Darci Hill, left, and Josh Jenni Brady, right, speak with Montana State University Billings theater student Jeremy Behounek during a role-playing session at a crisis intervention training workshop in Billings.
Law enforcement officers need the right tools to deal with people in crisis because of mental health or substance abuse problems.
Changes in state funding could mean that a Billings crisis center for drug addicts and the mentally ill could face a budget shortfall of $300,000 next year.
So far this year, the Community Crisis Center, 704 N. 30th St., has served more than 600 clients a month. Open 24/7, the nonprofit center welcomes adults from all over Montana who suffer from mental illnesses and chemical addictions. Young, old, most homeless, many veterans. The center’s sma…
On a corner of Billings' medical corridor, the Community Crisis Center welcomes everyone in need. People who come through its doors 24/7 have serious problems.
Laurel Police Officer Jim Huertas gingerly approached the man on a bridge east of town.
On Friday evening about 7 p.m., three Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputies were called to be front-line mental health workers.
Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said the Community Crisis Center has been “one of the greatest innovations” he has seen in his 30 years with the Police Department.