Us & Them: Our Brothers in Law Enforcement

Crisis Intervention Team, CIT, Law Enforcement, David W. Covington, Recovery, Behavioral Health Version 3.0We had just exited the Urgent Psychiatric Center (UPC) when the radio announced an armed robbery in process at a convenience store just over a mile away. Nick and I jumped into his police cruiser and took off. My body slammed back into the seat from Nick’s swift acceleration and I barely noticed the scenery as my peripheral vision dropped away,  Read more

How to Avoid Tragedies and Near Misses

David W. Covington, Behavioral Health Link, Air Traffic Control, Crisis Systems, Crisis Services, Recovery, Behavioral Health Version 3.0At the end of November in 2013, Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds told CNN that he was alive for just one reason: to work for change in mental health. Just a week earlier, his son “Gus” stabbed him 10 times and then ended his own life by suicide. This happened only hours after a mental health evaluation determined that Guss needed more intensive services, but unfortunately, Read more