East Mississippi State Hospital took a step to help law enforcement better understand the mentally ill.
It hosted a conference on community policing and the mentally ill Wednesday.
Officials say one-in-four people have some type of mental illness, so officers will encounter them in the course of their jobs.
"Our main goal is to increase the knowledge to the law enforcement community, to give them a better understanding of the different types of illnesses that do afflict our community and the different members of our community," said Carlos Colucci, EMSH chief of security. "So they can better cope and deal and assist in the day to day functions that they have to deal with."
The conference featured experts in the fields of psychology, substance abuse, domestic violence, and diffusing potentially violent situations.