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One Mind Campaign

Enhancing Law Enforcement Engagement with People in Crisis, with Mental Health Disorders and/or Developmental Disabilities.

The One Mind Campaign seeks to ensure successful interactions between police officers and people in crisis, people with mental health issues or people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. 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 persons affected by mental illness
  • Train and certify 100 percent of sworn officers (and selected non-sworn staff, such as dispatchers) in mental health awareness courses by
    • Providing Crisis Intervention Team training to a minimum of 20 percent of sworn officers (and selected non-sworn staff)
    • Providing Mental Health First Aid training (or equivalent) to the remaining sworn officers (and selected non-sworn staff) not receiving CIT training.

What's New with the One Mind Campaign?

Join the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Behavioral Health Training Institute (BHTI) for Health Officials and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) on Thursday, October 22 from 3-4 p.m. ET for “Mental Health First Aid: A Primer for Public Health Professionals and Communities.”

Congratulations to the following agencies for recently taking the pledge!

  • Tomkins County Sheriffs Office, NY
  • Narragansett Police Department, RI
  • Oxford Police Department, MS
  • Yazoo City Police Department, MS
  • Bloomsburg University Police Department, PA
  • West Orange Police Department, NJ
  • North Richland Hills Police Department, TX
  • Meridian Township Police Department, MI
  • Savage Police Department, MN
  • Linden Police Department, NJ
  • Denton Police Department, TX
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department, VA
  • Shawnee Police Department, KS
  • Amherst Police Department, MA

If your agency has recently completed the pledge, please email us at onemindcampaign@theiacp.org.

Congratulations to the following agencies for recently completing the pledge!

  • Bloomsburg University Police Department, PA
  • Chicago Police Department, IL
  • Papillion Police Department, NE
  • Ypsilanti Police Department, MI
  • Lawrenceville Police Department, GA
  • Irving Police Department, TX
  • Davie Police Department, FL
  • Andover Police Department, MA
  • Falmouth Police Department, MA
  • Michigan State University Police Department, MI
  • Portage Department of Public Safety, MI
  • New York State University Police of Geneseo, NY
  • Milton Police Department, MA
  • Coatesville Area School District Police Department, PA

554 Agencies Have Already Taken the Pledge

Pledged Agencies

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.

One Mind Campaign History

Listen to former IACP President, Chief Don De Lucca, discuss the importance of this issue to the law enforcement community.

  • 2010: IACP issued a report that focused on a broad range of goals addressing legislation and policy
  • 2014: IACP issued the Responding to Persons Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis Model Policy
  • 2015: IACP issued Improving Officer Response to Persons with Mental Illness and Other Disabilities report as an expansion to the 2010 report
  • 2016: Launch of the One Mind Campaign
  • 2017: IACP updated Improving Officer Response to Persons with Mental Illness and Other Disabilities
  • 2018: IACP updated the model policy "Responding to Persons Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis"
  • 2020: Over 550 agencies have taken the pledge worldwide

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!

Resources

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.

Supporting Organizations

Listed below are organizations that support the One Mind Campaign but are not law enforcement agencies. The campaign is grateful to have their support in the mission to improve law enforcement response to persons with mental health issues.

911 Sane Jane, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

The California Police Activities League
Sacramento, CA

Massachusetts Constable's Office
Sandwich, MA

Partnering Associations


 

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 onemindcampaign@theiacp.org.


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.

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