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Alaska in a mental health crisis
ANCHORAGE, Ak-- Alaska is the leader in crisis prevention training for police officers.
This training is led by the Anchorage Police Department, yet we are still seeing a lack of resources for mental health patients.
The Alaska Mental Health Authority says we haven't met the needs and there aren't enough resources to cover all the services people need.
Wednesday a briefing was held in Washington DC for officials to learn mental health first aid.
"It's important that they're comfortable when they run into someone that has mental health issues that they're comfortable with them and understand a little bit of what they'll encounter," Jeff Jessee, CEO, Alaska Mental Health Authority.