RICHMOND, Va. – A state law enforcement agency and local police and sheriffs offices received $4.2 million from an interesting source for training.
The money will be used to train police so they can better respond to crisis situations involving people with mental illnesses.
The money comes from Abbott Laboratories, which agreed to pay federal and state governments a collective $1.5 billion to settle allegations that it promoted the drug Depakote for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli presented the checks to the receiving agencies on Wednesday. The Department of Criminal Justice Services got the largest grant of $800,000. That money will specifically provide training for localities that do not have their own crisis intervention teams.
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