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Grant to aid officers with mental illness training

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state's attorney general says law enforcement officers will get additional training through a grant awarded to the National Association on Mental Illness of Ohio.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the $125,000 grant will boost the number of officers trained in dealing with mentally ill offenders. About $20,000 also will be used to produce a documentary on the intersection of mental illness and the criminal justice system.

Another $30,000 of the award will help develop ways to break the cycle of mentally ill individuals who rotate in and out of the criminal justice system.

DeWine's office says funding for the grant comes as part of a 2011 bankruptcy discharge with Richland Hospital in Mansfield.

The attorney general's office was to use the money from the hospital's sale for charitable purposes.

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