Academic Training to Inform Police Responses

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Academic Training to Inform Police Responses

A National Curriculum to Enhance Police Engagement with People with Behavioral Health Issues and Developmental Disabilities

Project Description

For law enforcement officers, responding to situations involving individuals with behavioral health issues or developmental disabilities in a safe, effective manner can often present a significant challenge. 

This Academic Training to Enhance Police Engagement with People with Behavioral Health Issues and Developmental Disabilities is designed to enhance, implement, and evaluate crisis intervention team and disability response training for law enforcement and first responders that is academically based and transdisciplinary. Collectively, this project aims to increase access to training, technical assistance, and companion tools and resources to facilitate the adoption and implementation of multilayered approaches in police response for persons with behavioral health issues or developmental disabilities, including co-responder models, mobile crisis teams, and developmental disability specific approaches.  

University of Cincinnati

Project Design and Implementation

In order to improve police response to people with behavioral health issues or developmental disabilities, our team will:

  • Develop & implement a National Curriculum to inform police responses to people with behavioral health issues and intellectual and developmental disabilities 
  • Develop technology solutions such as e-learning training materials
  • Develop best practice guides in police response to persons with behavioral health issues or developmental disabilities
  • Evaluate curriculum development and deliver training and technical assistance 
  • Enhance existing resources and develop new products 

Project Partners

Supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this training initiative brings together experts in law enforcement, mental and behavioral health, curriculum development, and evaluation to raise awareness in the law enforcement community about the nature and needs of persons with behavioral health issues or developmental disabilities to facilitate the use of evidence-based and best practices in law enforcement response. More information on the Academic Training partner organizations can be found here.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2020-NT-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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