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Becoming aware of mental illness: Law requires training for police, judges

The law requires that district judges and police receive training in mental health, autism and intellectual disabilities, all of which can affect a person’s behavior and interactions with law enforcement. Mr. Caltagirone said he wants police and court officials to know “what to look for and how to handle it” so that a person’s illness does not unnecessarily result in a violent altercation or trip to the lockup.

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