One Mind Campaign
Enhancing Law Enforcement Engagement with Individuals with Mental Health Conditions
The One Mind Campaign seeks to ensure successful interactions between law enforcement and individuals with mental health conditions. The initiative focuses on uniting local communities, public safety organizations, and mental health organizations so that the three become "of one mind." To join the campaign, law enforcement agencies must pledge to implement four promising practices over a 12-36 month time frame.
These practices include:
- Establish a clearly defined and sustainable partnership with one or more community health organizations
- Develop and implement a model policy addressing law enforcement response to individuals with mental health conditions
- Train and certify 100 percent of sworn officers (and selected non-sworn staff, such as dispatchers) in mental health awareness courses by:
- Providing CIT or equivalent crisis response training to a minimum of 20 percent of sworn officers (and selected non-sworn staff); and
- Providing Mental Health First Aid training (or equivalent) to the remaining 80 percent of officers (and selected non-sworn staff).
What's New with the One Mind Campaign?
Congratulations to the following agencies for recently taking the pledge!
- Cohutta Police Department, GA
- Temple Police Department, TX
- Saco Police Department, ME
- Whitpain Township Police Department, PA
- Monmouth University Police Department, NJ
- Lansing Police Department, MI
- York City Police Department, PA
- Conway Police Department, SC
- Alliance Police Department, NE
- Durham Police Department, NH
- Thornton Police Department, CO
If your agency has recently completed the pledge, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the following agencies for recently completing the pledge!
- Palmer Police Department, MA
- Flower Mound Police Department, TX
- Grand Blanc Township Police Department, MI
- Westbrook Police Department, ME
- Bridgewater Police Department, MA
- Manlius Town Police Department, NY
- Knox County Sheriff's Office, ME
- Benson Police Department, NC
- Carrollton Police Department, GA
- Tompkins County Sheriff's Office, NY
- Chelmsford Police Department, MA
Over 600 Agencies Have Already Taken the Pledge
Click here to discover which agencies have taken the pledge in your state, and connect to other departments that have already begun to implement One Mind's promising practices.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What type of course meets the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) requirement?
A: Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety course meets all the requirements applicable to the pledge. In addition, other related 8-hour courses will qualify if the same or similar topics are covered, such as defusing crises, promoting mental health literacy, combating the stigma of mental illness, enabling early intervention through recognizing signs and symptoms, and connecting people to care. If you are looking at an alternative course to meet the MHFA requirements, you must first reach out to the IACP at email@example.com for equivalency approval.
What type of course meets the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) requirements?A: The Memphis Model of Crisis Intervention Team training meets all the requirements applicable to the pledge. In addition, other related 40-hour courses will qualify if the same or similar topics are covered. Such as co-occurring disorders, suicide prevention, policies and procedures, personality disorders, rights/civil commitment, community resources, de-escalation training, and situational role play, and more. If you are looking at an alternative course to meet the CIT requirements, you must first reach out to the IACP at firstname.lastname@example.org for equivalency approval.
- Would ICAT (Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics) be considered equivalent to the MHFA training?
- Would QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) be considered equivalent to MHFA training?
- Could the training be recorded so staff can be trained without scheduling additional events?
A: In-person training is preferred because discussions, role plays, and questions are more effective and interactive in that format. While recorded training are acceptable when complying with social distancing and remote work during COVID-19, we recommend these classes be attended in-person to receive the best possible learning results.
- Pledge requirements state that a minimum of 20% of sworn officers (and selected non-sworn staff) need to receive Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training or equivalent. Does 20% refer to all sworn staff or all department staff?
A: The 20% figure is calculated based on the total number of sworn staff. For example, if you have 100 sworn staff, you must train 20 sworn staff in CIT (or equivalent). You are welcome to train more than the required 20%. We recommend training any other personnel that would benefit.
- How should non-sworn staff be selected for training?
A: The determination concerning non-sworn staff who are trained is up to the agency. We recommend training any staff that the agency determines would benefit. Some examples include dispatchers or administrative staff.
- What if training certifications have expired?
A: We recommend completing a refresher course to bring certifications up to date.
- How does an agency verify it is compliant with the pledge requirements?
A: Once an agency has completed the pledge, we require a letter from the Chief or another member of the Command Staff on official letterhead detailing how the agency has completed the pledge requirements and including detailed information substantiating completion. At a minimum, the letter should state how the necessary training requirements have been met, the nature of the partnership the agency has developed with a mental health service provider, and the main components of the agency’s policy on law enforcement response to individuals experiencing a crisis or mental health disorder. We recommend including a copy of your agency’s policy on law enforcement response to individuals experiencing a crisis or mental health disorder and a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with your partner agency.
- Does an agency need to send in certificates or training records?
A: We do not require certificates or copies of training records, but agencies should include sufficient detail in the completion letter to verify that they have met the requirements.
One Mind Campaign in the News
One Mind Campaign History
Listen to former IACP President, Chief Don De Lucca, discuss the importance of this issue to the law enforcement community.
Read IACP Blog - One Mind Campaign: Improving Police Response to Persons in Crisis with Mental Health Disorders and/or Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for more details and links to reports!
The Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) Toolkit: Produced by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) this toolkit provides essential resources for law enforcement agencies to partner with mental health providers to form a lasting relationship that benefits both the community and agency.
The revised Responding to Persons Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis (2018): Issued by the IACP this model policy highlights the unique challenges when responding to people in crisis with mental health disorders and/or developmental disabilities, and provides guidance, techniques, and resources so that police officers can effectively respond. The supplemental Concepts and Issues Paper was designed to guide police executives "in their efforts to tailor the model policy to the requirements and circumstances of their community and their law enforcement agency."
Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. More importantly, it’s a tool that public health leaders across the United States have begun to employ to engage in early detection and intervention around the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses. The primer provides concrete tools and engagement with local mental health resources, national organizations, support groups and online tools for mental health and addiction treatment and support. Find a MHFA course.
Crisis Intervention Team International: The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a collaborative initiative between law enforcement officers and mental health experts who jointly provide crisis intervention for individuals in crisis with mental health disorders and/or developmental disabilities, and who focus on diversion and treatment over arrest and incarceration. Find a CIT course.
The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a step-by-step guide to assist communities in evaluating their CIT programs.
Listed below are non-law enforcement organizations that support the One Mind Campaign. The campaign is grateful to have their support in the mission to improve law enforcement response to persons with mental health conditions.
911 Sane Jane, Inc.
The California Police Activities League
Massachusetts Constable's Office
The IACP recognizes that implementation strategies will vary across agencies. Local discretion should be utilized regarding any associated funding and/or training costs.
For more information contact email@example.com.
|This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement No. 2019-NT-BX-K002 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues.|