Law Enforcement / Mental Health Learning Sites FAQ
1. What kinds of technical assistance (TA) do the learning sites provide?
The Law Enforcement/Mental Health Learning Sites offer various levels of TA to law enforcement officials and mental health professionals interested in planning or improving their specialized policing responses (SPRs) or learning more about overall police-mental health collaboration (PMHC) programs to improve responses to people with mental illnesses.
Learning sites can provide peer support services through:
- E-mail exchanges to provide guidance and resources
- Conference calls on complex issues and strategic planning assistance
- Hosting agency visits or providing on-site assistance
2. What are the areas of specialization for each of the learning sites?
The Law Enforcement/Mental Health Learning Sites offer a wide range of expertise related to various specialized policing responses and law enforcement-mental health collaborations involving crisis intervention training, co-responder models with follow-up teams, comprehensive dispatcher training, embedded mental health professionals, and police officers trained as mental health liaisons. For information on areas of expertise, please use the links below to the individual learning site descriptions.
3. What is the process for requesting assistance?
Agency representative should complete the “Technical Assistance Request Form,” and return to Nicola Smith-Kea. That information will help ensure you are matched with the most appropriate learning site(s). Following receipt of your request, CSG Justice Center staff will respond (in most cases) within 48 hours (on business days) to schedule a call with you to better understand your needs. Our goal is to have your agency matched and connected to the most appropriate learning site within two weeks of request.
4. If I already know which learning site I want to work with, can I contact it directly?
You are welcome to make direct contact with the learning site/s of your choice. We do ask that you provide notice of your request for TA to Nicola Smith-Kea. This will allow us to track more effectively, the requests for Learning Sites technical assistance.
5. Will there be a cost associated with receiving TA from a learning site?
Technical assistance is provided to law enforcement agencies at no cost in an effort to assist with the development or implementation of SPR strategies. However, supplemental funds can be made available on a case-by-case basis to agencies that are interested in site visits with learning sites.
6. What is the relationship between CSG Justice Center and the learning sites?
The CSG Justice Center manages and provides staff support to the learning sites project and develops resources that can be tailored to the distinct needs of jurisdictions. Staff works closely with the learning sites to help match the expertise and resources each site offers to the TA needs of law enforcement agencies. The Justice Center, with guidance from a team of national experts and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), selected the six police departments listed above to act as national learning sites that will help jurisdictions across the country improve their responses to people with mental illnesses.
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