Our Class Objectives Include:
- Define the difficulty responding to crisis calls involving someone with a mental illness.
- Develop an understanding of their struggle in the mental health system and the role of the police and the risk factors involved.
- Meet a panel of consumers of the mental health services in the area in an effort to promote communication and understanding by having interaction when the individual is doing well and not in crisis. Discussion is encouraged on what works well for them when they are having issues with their medications and what doesn’t work well.
- Define the concept of CIT and its origins. Compare it to traditional police response. Officers benefit from the advantages of building partnerships in the community.
- Introduction to the practice of active listening skills and techniques that aid law enforcement when dealing with an individual in a mental health crisis.
- Attendees are given the opportunity to practice and demonstrate these listening skills and techniques in realistic role play exercises using professional actors.
- Provide contact with community mental health professionals giving presentations on adolescent issues, elder issues, suicide prevention, excited delirium, suicide by cop, prepetition screening, commitment, medications, and military reintegration. This community contact helps us achieve our goal of familiarizing law enforcement with the community resources available to them.
- De-escalation techniques are taught to be combined with their active listening skills in order to achieve our goal of using verbal communication before using force when confronting an individual in a mental health crisis.