St. Paul Police Required to have Annual Mental Health Checkup

Ellie Family Services counselors will not keep written records of the conversations with the officers.

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A new initiative in West St. Paul requires police officers to have an annual mental health wellness checkup.

Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association executive director Andy Skoogman says officers’ jobs are demanding, sometimes even traumatic, yet many resist seeking therapy when they need it to avoid appearing weak. Skoogman says that may be changing.

Ellie Family Services will handle the checkups. Co-owner Erin Pash tells the Star Tribune the counselors will not take notes. There will be no written records of conversations with the officers.

Pash says officers can talk about whatever they want during the one-hour session, from parenting issues to work-life balance.

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