by Tina Johansson
A man described as “in mental crisis” was found wandering around in freezing temperatures on foot in the 36800 block of North Deerview Drive in unincorporated Lake Villa Saturday morning.
On receiving a 911 call about the man, Lake County Sheriff’s Office dispatched its Crisis Intervention Team to the scene. After locating the man, officers immediately talked to him using their crisis communication skills for more than 45 minutes. He was then escorted to a waiting ambulance which took him to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation, according to LCSO spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli.
Pointing to the importance of crisis intervention, Sheriff Mark Curran said, “Being able to recognize someone in mental crisis, as our deputies did today, and respond appropriately is essential to bringing help to a person in crisis.”
The sheriff’s office recently received a $250,000 grant from the Federal Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program for use to train officers in crisis intervention and to expand the local program.
Undersheriff Ray Rose called the response to help the man another success story. “Our deputies utilized their skills learned from crisis intervention training to aid this man in crisis, versus a different outcome,” he said.