Category: law enforcement mental health learning sites

Mar 29

From “What if” to Real Results: U.S. Police Departments Explore Innovative, Collaborative Ways to Address Growing Mental Health Crisis

By Darby Baham, CSG Justice Center Staff “What if when somebody calls 911 and says, ‘I want to kill myself,’ we had somebody who was a suicide counselor and we could transfer that call to them,” asked Lieutenant Brian Bixler of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Photo by DodgertonSkillhause at These questions arose …

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Feb 28

Tucson Police Department Becomes National Leader in Mental Health Crisis Training

KGUN9 By Priscilla Casper The Tucson Police Department has become a national leader in dealing with the mental health crisis. The United States Department of Justice, Council of State Governments Justice Center and Police Foundation named TPD as a “National Law Enforcement-Mental Health Learning Site.” The department is one of four new agencies selected to be a learning site for other police and sheriff’s …

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Feb 13

Expansion of the National Law Enforcement-Mental Health Learning Site Program

Supporting law enforcement to respond more effectively to people with mental illness and improve public safety The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Police Foundation, has selected the following four law enforcement agencies to act as peer-to-peer learning sites …

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Sep 19

Apply Now for the Law Enforcement–Mental Health Learning Sites Program

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is seeking applicants for the Law Enforcement–Mental Health Learning Sites Program. This program is designed to identify and highlight agencies from across the country with successful police-mental health collaboration (PMHC) programs between the law …

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Mar 16

Register for Webinar: Strategies for Improving Law Enforcement Responses to People with Behavioral Health Conditions

Hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation In the course of their work as first responders, police officers routinely encounter people with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. However, many officers lack training in responding to mental health crises and considering options other than a hospital emergency …

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