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.
Field Training Officers shall have 8 hours of crisis intervention behavioral health training PC 13515.28(a) (1)
Field Training Officers (FTO) will complete 8 hours of crisis intervention behavioral health training (CIT) as follows;
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.
POST shall conduct an evaluation of the required competencies of the FTO program and Police Training ProgramPC 13515.295(a)
By May 2016, POST will conduct an evaluation of the required competencies of the FTO program and Police Training Program. The goal of the evaluation is to identify areas where additional training is necessary to help law enforcement officers effectively address incidents involving persons with a mental illness or intellectual disability. This law requires an update to the current Field Training Manuals. POST will not require agencies to re-submit their entire field training manual for this update to mental health field training. POST will provide agencies with the necessary mental health competency changes, and an attestation form to verify that the changes have been incorporated into their field training program.
The Regular Basic Course - Learning Domain 37 Mental Health shall be at least 15 hoursPC 13515.26(a)
In 2015, POST completed the review and update of LD 37 in consultation with appropriate community, local, and state organizations, and agencies that have expertise in the area of mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance use disorders, and with appropriate consumer and family advocate groups. The Regular Basic Course is in review to accommodate the increased hours.
POST shall develop and make available three hours of training to law enforcement personnel as it relates to behavioral healthPC 13515.27(a)
Police Response to People with Mental Illness, Intellectual Disabilities, and Substance Use Disorders course is available for download (docx). Agencies or training centers may utilize the ECO to deliver a course by certifying it through their POST Regional Consultant. Law enforcement personnel attending this course will meet their Communications perishable skills requirement for Continuing Professional Training. The course is not mandatory.
More info: www.post.ca.gov/crisis-intervention-behavioral-health-training.aspx
Crisis Intervention Services Toolkit, CA Institute for Behavioral Health Services
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