JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A national social workers group recently recognized a law enforcement official for his work in helping raise awareness of mental health issues, including work on a plan to help create crisis stabilization units around the state.
The National Association of Social Workers named Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd as their Arkansas Public Elected Official of the Year for 2018.
Boyd was nominated for the award by Arkansas State University College of Social Work professors Doctors Cheryl Knight and Tamara Glover.
The group said Boyd was instrumental in getting Act 423 approved by the Arkansas state legislature during the 2017 session. The law, which created four centers around the state, also set aside funding for the project.
The project allows police and other law enforcement to place non-violent offenders who have a mental health crisis in a place other than jail.