Certificate in RESPOND: Law Enforcement-Mental Health Response Team

Improve crisis response for individuals affected by mental illness through partnership and collaboration

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RESPOND: Law Enforcement-Mental Health Response Team Overview


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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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Certificate Highlights

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Entirely Online

The program is offered online.

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Evidence-Based Expertise

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.

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Curriculum Plan


Course 1: Responding to Individuals in Crisis

This course covers the basic concepts associated with mental illness, mental health crises, violence risk, and behavioral threat assessment. The features associated with specific mental illnesses, including signs and symptoms and behavioral indicators of potential crises, are explored. De-escalation and risk management strategies are reviewed. The course provides students with options to focus on community or school-based applications.

Course 2: Model Law Enforcement-Mental Health Response Initiatives

This course covers the basic concepts associated with mental illness, mental health crises, violence risk, and behavioral threat assessment. The features associated with specific mental illnesses, including signs and symptoms and behavioral indicators of potential crises, are explored. De-escalation and risk management strategies are reviewed. The course provides students with options to focus on community or school-based applications.

Course 3: Expanding the Impact of Law Enforcement-Mental Health Response Initiative

This course reviews innovative, supplemental strategies -- including dispatch protocols, safe school campaigns, and community-based public/private partnerships -- that can assist in improving crisis and threat response practices and the wellbeing of the individuals involved. The course provides students with options to focus on the ways in which impact can be enhanced in the community or in school-based settings. 

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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Why CSFS

The California School of Forensic Studies is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in the service of preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence.

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What will your impact be?

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