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Wellness Wednesday: Mental Health First Aid


Rapid City’s finest recently completed training in Mental Health First Aid, learning how to respond to a mental health crisis.

How to refer a person, recognize signs and symptoms, recognize that it is a mental health issue, and how to refer them to the proper resources, said Debbie Siemonsma with Behavior Management Systems.

Wellness Wednesday: Mental Health First Aid

For the past 10 years, the Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office have made the training a requirement. Training Administrator Andy Becker said they were the first departments in the state to offer the training.

READ MORE:[1] Crisis Intervention: All in the approach

“We understood the need for mental health training at that time, years ago, before it became even more popular nowadays,” Becker said. “So we brought that in, knowing that our officers needed this training to interact with somebody that is going through a mental health crisis.”

The training teaches how to handle crises from suicide threats to anxiety, and everything in between.

“Seven percent of the public that they come into contact with are going to have a mental health crisis,” Siemonsma said. “It will help them to be safe, to stay safe, and recognize that a person’s issue is mental health-related or addictions-related a little better.”

READ MORE:[2] Wellness Wednesday: Children’s Therapy Services

After the Mental Health First Aid, officers have the option to continue their training in Crisis Intervention, which is an intense 40 hours, ending in Mental Health Certification.

“We have about probably half of our officers that are CIT certified in the training,” Becker said. “We have several instructors that are CIT instructors that actually not only train our officers here but will go to the state academy in Pierre, South Dakota and train new officers as well.

You don’t have to be in law enforcement to be trained in Mental Health First Aid. The class is open to everyone. Speak with Behavior Management Systems for more information by calling 605-343-7262.


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Man, 56, dies in Moody County crash

Man, 56, Dies In Moody County Crash

2 marijuana measures proposed for South Dakota’s 2018 ballot[1]


South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Attorney General Explanations for two proposed initiated measures have been filed with the Secretary of State.

Man, 56, Dies In Moody County Crash

Former South Dakota trooper sentenced for grand theft[2]


Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig announced a Platte man was sentenced for grand theft by law enforcement.

Man, 56, Dies In Moody County Crash

Allender automatically elected to second term; all municipal races set[3]


Rapid City voters will go to the polls June 6 to elect council representatives in Wards 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Man, 56, Dies In Moody County Crash

Man, 56, dies in Moody County crash[4]


One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash east of Flandreau.


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  2. ^ Former South Dakota trooper sentenced for grand theft (
  3. ^ Allender automatically elected to second term; all municipal races set (
  4. ^ Man, 56, dies in Moody County crash (

GAO to review security costs of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • How much is security costing the government when President Donald Trump goes to his Mar-a-Lago resort? The Government Accountability Office aims to find out. Reuters is reporting the agency will also look into how classified information is kept secure at the Florida resort. GAO is conducting the review after Democratic lawmakers raised concerns. (Reuters[1])
  • An Obama-era contracting regulation is being thrown out by the Trump White House. President Donald Trump overturned the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule requiring companies disclose violations for 14 labor law protections that occurred in the past three years. Critics say the regulations amounted to blacklisting contractors. (Federal News Radio[2])
  • The Air Force will meet with airline companies in May to try and stem its pilot shortage. Pilots are moving from the service to commercial airlines instead of reenlisting, causing a deficit of more than 600 pilots. The Air Force hopes to create a public private partnership that will be a win-win for both the service and the airlines. (Federal News Radio[3])
  • President Donald Trump s nominee to be the next secretary of the Air Force will have to cut several business connections before taking the job. Former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) was already expected to give up her salary as the president of the South Dakota School of Mines, but according to ethics forms disclosed[4] on Monday, she would also have to divest herself of investments in 16 separate Defense contractors. Her ethics agreement also pledges to sell holdings in three other firms, including Gazprom, the Russian state-owned gas company. Wilson is set to go before the Senate Armed Services Committee for her confirmation hearing later this week.
  • An online job portal offered by the Labor Department was breached. America s JobLink is a multi-state web-based system rrun by America s Job Link Alliance Technical Support. AJLA-TS said a third-party hacker exploited a vulnerability in its code and the names, Social Security Numbers and birthdays of job seekers in 10 states have been compromised. (America s Job Link Alliance)[5]
  • The Internal Revenue Service experienced problems with its system for assuring identity of taxpayers who file online. Weaknesses in the program known as IP PIN mean taxpayers continue as victims of fraud from misuse of Social Security numbers. The Tax inspector general said IRS should have shut down and replaced the six-digit identifier system after a 2015 security breach. The IG made five recommendations for improving program management, including an authentication risk assessment. (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration[6])
  • Federal shop stewards used slightly more official time in fiscal 2014 than in 2012. That was the last time the Office of Personnel Management published a governmentwide report on official time. Employees used a little less than 3.5 million hours, less than a 1 percent increase since 2012. Thirty-seven agencies reduced how much of it employees used, 20 agencies used more. (Federal News Radio[7])
  • The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has new leadership in its C-suite. Suzanne Tosini is the board s new chief operating officer. She s spent time in the private sector and at Treasury s Office of Financial Stability and at the Consumer Financial Protection Board. Ranita Anderson is the board s new chief technology officer. She most recently comes from the National Institutes of Health. She also s been at the Defense Department and NASA.
  • The White House s new Office of American Innovation will take on one of the stickiest wickets in government procurement. The administration announced the new office, to be led by Jared Kushner, the President s son-in-law and special adviser, yesterday. Kushner will bring in private sector expertise to figure out how agencies can buy technology better. The office also will modernize federal agency IT and identify transformational infrastructure projects. The President said in a memo that the office will scale proven private-sector models to spur job creation and innovation. (Federal News Radio[8])


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