Three of them — attention deficit disorder, anxiety disorders and Schizophrenia — jumped by more than 20%.
The number of mental health cases Oakwood handles in a given time period is difficult to quantify, Hill said in an email.
“I could have an officer talking with someone right now,” he said. “That person could be exhibiting signs of suffering from a mental condition.
“But as long as they show the ability to care for themselves, not showing signs of wanting to harm themselves or others, and do not present in a manic state, the officer’s initial observations may never be documented in an official report,” Hill added. “Therefore, no real way for me to tell you frequency during service calls.”
Oakwood’s training will include a 40-hour crisis intervention training certification course for all first-line supervisors, and all sworn safety department personnel will complete mental health first aid, according to a news release from the city.
A session on suicide intervention was led by Dr. Sallie Wilson Luther, a member of the Oakwood Board of Health, and Leigh Ann Fulford, a certified trainer on the topic.
Luther said the “Oakwood community has been at the forefront of suicide prevention” the past several years.
Officers will also receive de-escalation training that will provide “the essential tools and tactics needed to achieve the most desirable outcome when dealing with an individual in crisis,” according to the city.