Improviser finds purpose in Chicago police mental health crisis trainings

SJNN Fellow Bill Healy edited this piece for WBEZ’s StoryCorps about a man with bipolar disorder who is a role-player in a mental health crisis training program for Chicago police officers.

“In 2004, the Chicago Police Department implemented a voluntary training program to deal with mental health emergencies. Today, Chicago has the largest crisis intervention training program in the world, according to Alexa James, Executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)-Chicago.

Clark Weber is an essential part of the crisis intervention training. In this week’s StoryCorps, Weber describes how he found himself in the greatest role of his life.”

Listen and read more on WBEZ’s StoryCorps.