This is a new training led by Marie Ridgeway, an experienced mental health training specialist which is designed to meet Minnesota's new POST Board training mandates.  The three-part series of two hour classes will be offered later in 2019 at the MCPA training center in New Brighton. It is also possible to schedule a customized  4 or 8 hour training session for your agency through MCPA.

Law enforcement leaders and officers will learn mental health basics, commonly encountered mental health diagnoses including the impact of trauma and substance abuse, and the crossover of mental health and criminal behavior. Officers will learn ways to effectively respond to persons with mental illness and strategies for managing mental health crises, along with knowledge and information about officer mental health and wellness.

Dates TBA for 2019 series

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Marie Ridgeway

Marie Ridgeway has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is currently an independently licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist in private practice. Ridgeway is also a Health Officer for Hennepin County where she responds to mental health crisis calls and provides mobile mental health crisis assessments. Please see attached license and badge.

In a recent interview for Minnesota Police Chief magazine, she talks about her interest in teaching the series and how it will benefit law enforcement officers.  Click HERE to read the interview.


MCPA Podcast - A Conversation with Marie Ridgeway