Partnership for Stress Management Formed With Police Department

From left are United Way for Clinton County Executive Director Anita Stewart, Frankfort Police Chief Scott Shoemaker, Center Township Trustee Jami Pratt and Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition Executive Director Lorra Archibald.

Center Township, Healthy Communities, Frankfort Police Department and United Way partner to fund a Critical Incident Stress Management training for Clinton County.  United Way for Clinton County was able to fund the training through the COVID-19 Grant provided to Clinton County from Indiana United Way and the Lilly Endowment Fund.

Scott Shoemaker, Chief of Police, applied for the Mental Health grant after some incidents that took place during the summer.  Shoemaker shared that after a debrief meeting they identified an area of improvement was needed for frontline staff to be trained in CISM. This training will help in creating a culture of crisis incident management that lessens the impact of the critical incident, normalizes instinctive reactions, encourages the recovery process, restore the adaptive functioning skills of the person, and determines the need for further supportive services or therapy. By training frontline staff and support persons we can ensure a lasting, meaningful change for those in mental health crises in our community.

Shoemaker is putting together a team for the community to serve on the CISM Team.  Center Township, Healthy Communities and United Way will be serving on the team as well. Training starts in December.  The United Way appreciates the partnership with The Frankfort Police Department, Center Township and Healthy Communities.  They are able to accomplish great strides with such strong working relationships.