RESPOND: Law Enforcement-Mental Health Response Team Overview
In this program, law enforcement and mental health professionals will recieve evidence-based education and training in how to effectively and compassionately respond to emergency calls involving individuals with mental illness. They’ll learn to work together in ways that improve outcomes for those in crisis and the people around them.
The program covers basic concepts of mental illness, including signs and symptoms, indications of pending crisis, approaches to de-escalation, and more. It explores the unique culture of police and sheriff’s departments and the basics of working within the law enforcement community, providing mental health professionals with guidelines for collaborating with law enforcement and supporting a successful partnership that improves community safety.
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The program is offered online.
Throughout the program, you’ll work and study with the field’s top professionals, helping to build your expertise in applying evidence-based skills in crises involving individuals with mental illness.
Course 1: Responding to Mental Illness
The course covers basic concepts of mental illness, including signs and symptoms, indications of pending crisis, approaches to de-escalation, and resources and options for those in crisis. The program explores mental illness from the perspectives of law enforcement, mental health professionals, the individuals experiencing mental illness, and their families. The program will show the evidence that supports the collaboration of law enforcement with mental health professionals to improve public safety, officer safety and community relations.
Course 2: Understanding the Law Enforcement Environment
Designed for mental health professionals, this course explores the unique culture of police and sheriff’s departments, including the differentiation between working custody versus working patrol; common lapses in judgment and common pitfalls that can negatively affect new officers; differences and dynamics specific to sworn versus civilian law enforcement employees; elements of effective interactions with the public and the press. The course will also explore the basics of teaching and consulting in the law enforcement community: common pitfalls for the mental health professional.
Course 3: Effective Collaboration
This course provides guidelines for the mental health professional collaborating with law enforcement to support a successful partnership through identification of comprehensive community resources and linkages, and engagement in case management follow-up. Program evaluation design and implementation are also discussed to ensure on-going efficacy of the collaboration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this course taught online or on-campus?
The Certificate in RESPOND: Law Enforcement-Mental Health Response Team program is offered online.
Are scholarships and financial aid available?
Yes, there are private and public scholarships to help you meet the cost of your education and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more from our Financial Options Guide.
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