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What Happened to James Chasse: Mayor looks to increase PPB mental health training

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Mayor looks to increase PPB mental health training

from KATU.com

Portland Mayor Tom Potter says he is seeking $500,000 to help fund additional mental health awareness training for Portland police officers.

Additionally, the mayor's Mental Health panel will meet for the first time Tuesday in the hopes of finding ways for the police and mental health agencies to work more closely together to protect those with mental health disabilities.

The request comes after a Portland man with mental disabilities died while in police custody.

James Chasse, a diagnosed schizophrenic, died in September while in police custody after an incident involving several officers. His death sparked a grand jury investigation in the conduct of the officers involved.

The grand jury cleared the officers involved. A medical examiner ruled Chasse's death as accidental.

However, none of the officers had any advanced training in dealing with people with mental health problems, and Mayor Potter says he is seeking the funds in hopes of getting all Portland police officers additional training on the subject.

Potter is seeking $250,000 for training for this year, and another $250,000 for the upcoming year.

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