WBEZ | crisis http://www.wbez.org/tags/crisis Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Mental health training for police on hold http://www.wbez.org/news/mental-health-training-police-hold-113089 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryCorps%20141219%20Clark%20Weber.jpg" style="height: 360px; width: 540px;" title="Clark Weber works as a role play actor for a program that trains police officers to handle mental health calls. (Courtesy of StoryCorps)" /></div><p dir="ltr"><em>There are everyday people whose lives are changing as a result of the state&rsquo;s budget problems. We&rsquo;re collecting stories of the people Caught in the Middle.</em></p><p dir="ltr">Chicago Police Officers can take a special training that teaches them how to respond to mental health crisis. As part of that training they practice their new skills by role-playing with people who have a mental illness. But most of the classes are on hold, because the program relies on state cash that isn&rsquo;t coming through. Clark Weber is one of the role players for the training.</p><div><div style="text-align: center;"><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/caught-middle" target="_blank">MORE STORIES FROM CAUGHT IN THE MIDDL</a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/caught-middle" target="_blank">E</a></em></div><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div><em>We welcome your stories for this series. You can email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:caughtinthemiddle@wbez.org?subject=I%27m%20Caught%20in%20the%20Middle">caughtinthemiddle@wbez.org</a>. &nbsp;Be sure to include your name and contact information.</em></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/mental-health-training-police-hold-113089 A panel discussion on the Syrian refugee crisis http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-10/panel-discussion-syrian-refugee-crisis-112895 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Petros%20Giannakouris.jpg" title="(Photo: Asoociated Press/Petros Giannakouris)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/223272110&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Syrian Americans give their view on the refugee crisis</span></font></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">The president of the European Commission has urged the 28 members of the EU to take a &quot;swfit, determined and comprehensive&quot; response to the refugee crisis in Europe. He wants the member countries to increase aid and impose mandatory quotas reuiring them to accept more refugees. Last week the picture of a dead Syrian child whose family was attempting to get to Greece drew international attention to the ongoing cisis in Syria and the flood of refugees seeking to escape that conflict. We&#39;ll discuss the response to the Syrian conflict and the ongoing humanitatian crisis with a panel of Syrian Americans- all of whom have been directly impacted by the war in Syria and have been working on the refugee issues since the conflict began.</span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Guests:&nbsp;</span></strong></div><ul><li class="image-insert-image "><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-d306a438-b8d4-19f7-df87-d7c9b7ebdc7a"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hana Tom is a Syrian American.</span></span></em></li><li class="image-insert-image "><em><span><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://twitter.com/sahloul">Dr. Zaher Sahloul </a>is the president of the Syrian American Medical Society. </span></span></em></li><li class="image-insert-image "><em><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Lina Sergie Attaris is the co-founder of the <a href="http://twitter.com/karamfoundation">Karam Foundation</a>. </span></em></li><li class="image-insert-image "><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-d306a438-b8d4-d8d2-d766-4ede45d2a6db"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Suzanne Akhras Sahloul is founder and director of the <a href="http://twitter.com/SCN_Network">Syrian Community Network</a>.</span></span></em><div>&nbsp;</div></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/223272800&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Activism: an update with Bookwallah</span></font></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Global activist, Seena Jacob, is founder and CEO of Bookwallah Organization. &quot;Bookwallha&quot; is a Hindi word that means &quot;book peddler&quot;. The group gives books and provides libraries to orphans in India. Seena just came back from India and for our Global Acitvism segment, she&#39;ll update us on her trip and her work.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Guest: Seena Jacobs is founder and CEO of Bookwallah Organization.&nbsp;</span></div></p> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-10/panel-discussion-syrian-refugee-crisis-112895 Improviser finds purpose in Chicago police mental health crisis trainings http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/improviser-finds-purpose-chicago-police-mental-health-crisis-trainings-111274 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 141219 Clark Weber.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In 2004, the Chicago Police Department implemented a voluntary training program to deal with mental health emergencies.</p><p>Today, Chicago has the <a href="http://www.namichicago.org/documents/cit_advocacy_sheet.pdf" target="_blank">largest crisis intervention training program in the world</a>, according to Alexa James, Executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)-Chicago.</p><p>Clark Weber is an essential part of the crisis intervention training. In this week&rsquo;s StoryCorps, Weber describes how he found himself in the greatest role of his life.</p><p>After moving to Chicago in the late 1980s, Weber studied improv at Second City. He loves acting, whether it&rsquo;s theater, television or film. But Weber struggled with depression and suicidal tendencies too. He was diagnosed as bipolar and spent four-and-a-half weeks at a state mental hospital before moving into a group home with Thresholds, a non-profit that assists people with mental illness.</p><p>&ldquo;When I came to Thresholds,&rdquo; Weber said, &ldquo;they had a theater arts program &ndash; which now unfortunately is defunct - and I was told that we have this opportunity to role play with Chicago police to make them aware and see what a real mental health crisis is like.&rdquo;</p><p>Weber soon found himself in the middle of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training program, roleplaying as a person in distress.</p><p>The role-playing can be intense, Weber said. &ldquo;Officers have play weapons and a real Taser, which is non-functioning. And instead of using force, they try to talk us down. And we have total freedom to insult the police officers. We have total freedom to swear at them, to make it as real as possible.&rdquo;</p><p>If officers feel &ldquo;that the Taser needs to be used, they&rsquo;ll just point it towards us and say, &lsquo;Taser. Taser. Taser.&rsquo; So we&rsquo;re fake-Tased and then we discuss why the officer feels he or she had to do that.&rdquo;</p><p>Pastor Fred Kinsey is a member of ONE Northside, a group that this past year helped get police to increase the number of officers able to go through CIT training. &ldquo;If you have tools to recognize people in crisis, to know what kinds of medications people are on, that helps,&rdquo; Kinsey said. Chicago Police recently doubled the number of officers who are able to receive CIT training each year, Kinsey said. But that doubling of officers - from 200 to 400 officers each year &ndash; is small compared to the number of officers who don&rsquo;t take the training. &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to see the majority, if not all, officers trained,&rdquo; Kinsey said. The biggest impediment to expanding the training program, he said, is not so much financial, but the time costs of taking officers off the street.</p><p>For Clark Weber, the experience has been transformative. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not saying every day&rsquo;s gonna be a good day, or every day&rsquo;s gonna be a great day. Being bipolar I do have my ups and downs. But I run into officers that I&rsquo;ve helped train or they&rsquo;ve been in a class and they&rsquo;ve watched the videos. And I&rsquo;ve had officers come up to me and said, &lsquo;Because of you I helped save this person&rsquo;s life. Or I helped this person get the treatment that they needed.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very empowering,&rdquo; Weber says. &ldquo;For the first time in my life, I feel I have a purpose. I have a place in the world.&rdquo;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/6250422&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="888px"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/improviser-finds-purpose-chicago-police-mental-health-crisis-trainings-111274 Morning Shift: Board of Ed gets a look at CPS budget http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-25/morning-shift-board-ed-gets-look-cps-budget-108179 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Desks 2-Flickr- Robert Couse-Baker.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The recent closure of 49 public elementary schools in Chicago has one local group alleging it&#39;s a human rights violation. We learn about the group&#39;s accusations, and talk to CPS&#39; CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett about the district&#39;s budget.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-30.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-30" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Board of Ed gets a look at CPS budget" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-25/morning-shift-board-ed-gets-look-cps-budget-108179