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Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) Toolkit

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About This Toolkit

The PMHC Toolkit provides resources for law enforcement agencies to partner with service providers, advocates, and individuals with mental illness and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The goal of these partnerships is to ensure the safety of all, to respond effectively, and to improve access to services and supports for people with mental illness and I/DD.

Introduction


A Brief Introduction From Kristen Mahoney

Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance

 

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People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in the Criminal Justice System

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Developmental Disabilities versus Mental Health Disabilities

Featured Items

  • The Essential Elements of a Specialized Law Enforcement–Based Program Law enforcement agencies can use these practical planning tools to develop or enhance approaches for responding to people with mental illnesses.
  • Types of PMHC Programs Find out about the training, organizational structure, and staffing requirements involved for each of the five approaches to implementing a PMHC.

Learning About Police-Mental Health Collaboration Programs



This section provides an overview of PMHC programs and addresses:

  • What is a PMHC Program?
  • Benefits of a PMHC Program
  • Types of PMHC Programs
  • The Essential Elements of a PMHC Program

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Planning and Implementing a Police-Mental Health Collaboration Program



This section provides an overview of planning and implementing a PMHC program in collaboration with key stakeholders by focusing on:

  • The importance of Leadership
  • Working with Stakeholders
  • Designing and Implementing a Program

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Training for Police-Mental Health Collaboration Programs



This section provides an overview of the necessary training for officers to safely and effectively manage encounters with people with mental illness. It focuses on the following types of training:

  • Crisis Intervention Team Training
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Recruit Academy Training
  • In-Service and Roll-Call Training

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Managing Police-Mental Health Collaboration



This section provides an overview of the agency functions that play a key role in ensuring the success of the PMHC program including:

  • Policies and Procedures
  • Call Taking and Dispatching
  • Partnership Agreements and Information-Sharing
  • Community-Based Resources

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Measuring Police-Mental Health Collaboration Performance



This section provides an overview of the types of data agencies should consider collecting to allow for performance measurement and program evaluations.

  • Performance Data for PMHC Programs

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Focused Tools for Law Enforcement

Many communities struggle with the PMHC program design process. Communities are unsure how to design and develop a PMHC program that meets their distinct needs and challenges. One way to increase knowledge of PMHCs, is to review programs that other jurisdictions have developed and tailor those programs to your specific community needs.

Law Enforcement agencies interested in expanding their knowledge base, starting, or enhancing a PMHC, can contact The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) or BJA’s Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Provider. BJA supports these urban and rural police departments to act as host-sites to visiting law enforcement agencies and their mental health partners.

Located across the country, these learning sites represent a diverse cross-section of perspectives and program examples and are dedicated to helping other jurisdictions improve their responses to people with mental illnesses.

Opportunities

The ten learning sites host site visits from interested colleagues and other local and state government officials, answer questions from the field, and work with BJA’s TTA provider to develop materials for practitioners and their community partners.

TTA is provided to law enforcement agencies and their community partners in an effort to assist with the development or implementation of PMHC strategies. Supplemental funds can be made available to agencies that are interested in visiting the learning sites. This is a focused approach intended to provide your agency with access to outstanding peer resources for police-mental health collaboration programs.

To request TTA and receive confirmation within 36 hours of your request

For frequently asked questions about the Law Enforcement Mental Health Learning Sites, access the TA FAQs.

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Law Enforcement Learning Sites

Support jurisdictions in exploring strategies to improve the outcomes of encounters between law enforcement and people who have mental illnesses.

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Please submit questions, policies and training materials that can benefit others for review and consideration.

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