Crisis Intervention Behavioral Health Training
A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a model for community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and their families to improve responses to people in crisis. CIT programs enhance communication, identify mental health resources for assisting people in crisis and ensure that officers get the training and support they need.
On October 3, 2015, Governor Brown, signed into law Senate Bill 11 and Senate Bill 29. The resulting laws mandate mental health training for Field Training Officers (FTO), an increase in hours in Learning Domain 37 of the Regular Basic Course, and POST to create, maintain, and make available a three hour mental health course.
PC 13515.28(a) (1) : Field Training Officers (FTO) will complete 8 hours of crisis intervention behavioral health training (CIT) as follows; FTOs are exempted if they have attended;
PC 13515.29(a) : Field Training Officers shall have 4 hours of crisis intervention behavioral health training as part of the Field Training Officer Course
PC 13515.29(a) FTOs are required to have 4 hours of training (in addition to the mandated 8 hours of training required by PC 13515(a)(1) as a part of the Field Training Officer Course. POST is working with subject matter experts to incorporate the 4 hours of CIT training into the FTO course on or before October 3, 2016. The FTO course will remain at 40 hours.
PC 13515.27(a) : POST shall develop and make available three hours of training to law enforcement personnel as it relates to behavioral health
More info: www.post.ca.gov/crisis-intervention-behavioral-health-training.aspx
Mental Health And Police Violence: How Crisis Intervention Teams Are Failing, NPR September 2020
CA to be First State in the Country to Provide Mental Health Awareness Training for All 911 Dispatchers, September, 2019
Governor proposes Support for State-Local Partnerships to Reduce Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) Admissions in 2018-19 Budget
Training Tennessee Highway Patrol Officers in Suicide Prevention, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Cultural Diversity and Disability Training for Law Enforcement, POST
Crisis Intervention Services Toolkit, CIBHS
BJA Launches Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit,
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA): This provides links to learn about Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) Programs, Planning, Implementation, Managing, and Measuring Collaboration Performance.
Law Enforcement and Mental Health, NAMI - Topics Include:
The Crisis Intervention Team Model of Police Response to Mental Health Crises: A Primer for Mental Health Practicioners, 2012, US National Library of Medicine