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Lt. David M Guerrera
Cortland Police Department
25 Court Street Cortland, New York 13045
THANK YOU to all of the local individuals, agencies, organizations and funders who have helped the Cortland Police Department, Seven Valleys Health Coalition and the Cortland County Mental Health Department continue to provide this annual training including:
Family Counseling Services, Catholic Charities of Cortland County, Care Compass Network, HealtheConnections via Population Health Improvement funding (NYSDOH), Cortlandville Fire Department, Cortland County Regional Training Center, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, Racker Center, Cortland County Area Agency on Aging, Cortland City School District, Judge Elizabeth Burns, Cortland County DSS, Karen Dudgeon - LCSW, Robert Slater - LCSW, NAMI Fingerlakes, and numerous individuals and family members who have provided their support or expertise to the program in many ways.
A special THANK YOU to the Cortland Police Department for continuing to lead Cortland County's EDPRT and to the Cortland County Sheriff's Department, Homer Police Department, SUNY Cortland University Police Department , Cortland County Probation Department and Cortland County 9-1-1 Dispatch, as well as other county agencies who have ensured the excellent levels of participation in this annual school.
To lend financial assistance to the EDPRT Annual School please contact Seven Valleys Health Coalition.
Lt. David Guerrera, Cortland Police Dept.
Photo courtesy of Ithaca Times
WHAT IS EDPRT?
EDPRT stands for Emotionally Disturbed Persons Response Team and is an extensive and dynamic training curriculum in the area of mental Health. EDPRT is also known as Crisis Intervention Training, EDPRT provides training to better equip Law Enforcement and First Responders to deal with emotionally disturbed/mentally ill individuals in a variety of situations.
EDPRT training is used in situations where the emotional state of an individual may be beyond normal patrol capabilities and training. These situations may include persons exhibiting irrational or suicidal behavior, handling psychiatric patients, and/or any other situations where the person has a mental illness or is in emotional distress.
EDPRT is also about community involvement, empowerment, and partnerships. One of the Team’s main focuses is on diverting individuals toward community-based treatment as an alternative to incarceration. To make that happen, the EDPRT works closely with numerous mental health and human services agencies throughout Cortland County, as well as partnering with the Cortland County Mental Health Department and Seven Valleys Health Coalition to provide ongoing facilitation and the annual school. The Cortland County EDPRT is led by Lt. David Guerrera of the Cortland Police Department.
Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders respond to HUNDREDS of calls each year involving emotionally disturbed/mentally ill individuals.
EDPRT training reduces the risk of injury to officers, avoids unnecessary arrests, directs individuals with mental illnesses to appropriate treatment, increases public safety and lowers costs to tax- payers.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE 40 HR TRAINING?
Some topics include but are not limited to:
Defining mental health/understanding mental health and mental illness
Metal Health Issues among the Elderly, Juveniles, and Veterans
The issues surrounding stress, depression, and mental health in law enforcement
Warnings and symptoms of cumulative stress and burnout
Understanding suicide and suicide intervention
Hospital Protocol and Procedures
Substance abuse and co-occurring disorders
The Court System
Local Mental Health and Community Resources
Seven Valleys Health Coalition contracts with a professional consultant to provide the annual school. The training is led by Eric Weaver, a retired sergeant with the New York Rochester Police Department (RPD) where he served for twenty years from 1985-2005. Prior to his employment with the RPD, he served as a Corrections Officer from 1983-1985 with the Ontario County, NY Sheriff’s Department. While with the RPD, he served in numerous positions within the Department, including numerous patrol assignments, the Tactical Unit, the SWAT team, and Internal Affairs. Eric’s last assignment for the Rochester Police Department was as Mental Health Coordinator, and was the creator, developer, and Commanding Officer of the Emotionally Disturbed Persons Response Team (EDPRT).
The school is taught in combination by Eric and a team of local volunteer specialists from a variety of community resources including but not limited to: Seven Valleys Health Coalition, Cortland County Mental Health Department, Family Counseling Services, Catholic Charities of Cortland County, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, Racker Center, Cortland County Area Agency on Aging, Cortland City School District, and Judge Elizabeth Burns.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
While Law Enforcement is the primary focus of EDPRT, the 40 hour training is also open to law enforcement related departments and agencies such as 9-1-1 Dispatchers, Probation and District Attorneys. First priority for Cortland County's annual 40 hour school goes to law enforcement agencies within the County but open seats can be offered to outside counties. Seven Valleys Health Coalition and other EDPRT partners strive to provide the school free of charge to Cortland County participants. Out of county participant fees vary based on available funding.
The EDPRT meets monthly to stay up to date on local issues regarding case management and other crisis intervention needs. These meetings are called and led by the Cortland Police Department. Others who participate in these meetings as part of the collaborative team includes: Cortland County Sheriff's Department, Homer Police Department, SUNY Cortland University Police Department, Seven Valleys Health Coalition, Cortland County Mental Health Department, Family Counseling Services, Catholic Charities of Cortland County, Cortland County DSS, Cortland County Area Agency on Aging, Liberty Resources Crisis Response Team, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, and Cortland YWCA AVV.