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HVCC to host week-long EDPRT training for first responders TROY, N.Y. — In partnership with the Troy Police Department and several community service organizations, Hudson Valley Community College will host a week-long Emotionally Distressed Persons Response Team (EDPRT) training for local law enforcement and first responders on its campus in Troy beginning Monday, Dec. 7 and ending Friday, Dec. 11. The on yahoo Troy Police Department’s Emotionally Distressed Persons Response Team (EDPRT) is a group of experienced officers, who volunteer for special training to deal with emotionally distressed individuals – suicidal persons, someone exhibiting irrational behavior, homeless men and women – in a variety of situations and psychiatric crises. A team member’s mission is to effectively deal with someone in emotional or mental distress, while preserving that person’s dignity, as well as ensuring their safety and the safety of the community and other team members. The team’s work requires its members to maintain channels of cooperation, coordination, and communication with the agencies and organizations in the community that provide mental health services. “The EDPRT’s success is contingent on its partnerships with these mental health service providers to build a community of understanding, compassion, hope, and recovery for emotionally distressed persons,” Katherine Maciol, president/chief executive officer of CEO in Troy and former commissioner of Rensselaer County’s Mental Health Department explained. She and Troy Police Chief Brian Owens are spokespeople for the training event. “Since its inception nearly 20 years ago, the Troy Police Department’s EDPRT has encountered thousands of emotionally distressed individuals. Because these specially-trained officers are less likely to inflict or incur injuries due to the reduced need for the use of physical force on a distressed-person call, it is likely many, many lives have been saved over the years,” Maciol commented.

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