“Lowcountry Law: On Air” Community Crisis Response & Intervention and the Opiod Crisis
In 2018, following an agreement between Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner and the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH), two SCDMH Community Crisis Response and Intervention (CCRI) counselors began working alongside deputy sheriffs and municipal law enforcement officers to better identify and address mental illness and crisis in Beaufort County. In the first two segments of this 30-minute “Lowcountry Law: On Air,” the two CCRI counselors talk about their roles, to include their efforts to reduce unnecessary and repeat exposures those suffering from mental illness and crisis have to the criminal justice system.
The third, and final, segment of the episode is a discussion with a forensic chemist from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Laboratory about the opioid crisis and its impact on Beaufort County.