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Number: 517

Mandates:
  • Human Rights
  • Legal Updates
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Procedural Justice
  • Use of Force
September 21, 2020
0830 - 1630

Law enforcement officers have an important role to play in their interactions with community members. This means responding to incidents with individuals who have mental health issues, including diagnosed mental illness. This 8-hour course is meant to provide law enforcement officers with an awareness of mental health issues including a history of the mental health system, types of mental illness, signs and symptoms, common treatments and medications, and the potential interactions law enforcement may have on a regular basis with these individuals, their families, and service providers.

Student Performance Objectives:

  • Recognize the history of the mental health system and its impact on law enforcement and the criminal justice system
  • Define mental illness:
    • Differentiate myths and facts associated with mental illness, including common misperceptions
    • Examine the stigma associated with mental illness
  • Identify common forms of mental illness likely to be encountered including symptoms and behaviors of each:
    • Recognize the implications of co-occurring disorders (i.e. substance abuse & mental illness) on police encounters
    • Examine the components of a crisis
    • Discuss the prevalence of suicide, risk assessment, and response
  • Differentiate treatment modalities for mental illness:
    • Recognize treatment options that assist individuals to live independently
    • Demonstrate understanding of different types of medications
  • Increase awareness of appropriate law enforcement interaction with individuals who have mental illness:
    • Critical Decision-Making Model Introduction
    • Tactical Communications Overview
    • Operational Safety Tactics Overview
Instructor: Mark Benson, LCPC