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Sacramento Council Approves Mental Illness Training for Police

Sacramento City Council members on Thursday unanimously approved giving all Sacramento police officers a week of training to better deal with people with mental illness. Crisis Intervention Team training is widely used across the United States, and teaches officers to recognize and de-escalate situations with noncompliant or difficult people.

Training Teaches Police How to Deal with the Mentally Ill

In November, the Anderson Police Department in Indiana hosted Crisis Intervention Team training and opened it up to other law enforcement agencies. A total of 27 officers from six Indiana law enforcement agencies took part in the 40-hour exercise.

Celebrated Pasadena Police Officer Is a Rising Expert for Mental Health Awareness in the Law Enforcement Community

“Knowledge is power and I feel that if I can send officers out in the field with more knowledge and more tools for their tool box, then they will be able to handle mental health crisis calls better and foster better outcomes for all involved,” explained Domino Scott-Jackson, a Pasadena Police officer who has become the face of the Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit video produced by The CSG Justice Center.

Scientific American: When Police Deal with People Who Have Mental Health Issues

You’ve undoubtedly heard about the recent report issued by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice condemning various police practices in Baltimore. What has gone largely unmentioned, however, is the report’s detailed review of how encounters between police and people with mental illnesses result in “unnecessarily violent confrontations.”

Deputizing Crisis Care

“I believe that the collapse of the mental-health treatment system may be one of the greatest social failures in the United States in the 20th century,” said Santa Barbara County (CA) Undersheriff Bernard Melekian at a recent talk hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.