Mental Health Training and Resources
The following mental health training resources have been provided for your convenience. The resources are not intended to be comprehensive.
Visit the California POST Course Catalog for POST certified mental health training courses and crisis intervention courses.
Crisis Intervention Behavioral Health Training Senate Bill 11
“Police Response to People with Mental Illness, Intellectual Disabilities, and Substance Use Disorders” (docx)
The Commission on POST is pleased to present this training curriculum on law enforcement response to people with mental illness, intellectual disability, or substance use disorders. This course was developed pursuant to legislative mandate Senate Bill 11 (Beale) as codified in Penal Code Section 13515.27(a). Agencies may utilize the Hourly Distribution and Expanded Course Outline provided in the Instructor Guidelines (docx) to certify this course with their Regional Consultant. Law enforcement officers are not mandated to take this course.
Crisis Intervention Behavioral Health Training Senate Bill 29
Expanded Course Outline and Hourly Distribution
Senate Bill 29 (SB29) requires Field Training Officers who are instructors for the field training program to have at least 8 hours of crisis intervention behavioral health training. Agencies may certify this expanded course outline (ECO) (pdf) and hourly distribution (pdf) through their Regional Consultant to present an 8 hour behavioral health course that satisfies the 8 hour training requirement for FTOs.
POST training videos provide easily accessible training on modern police practices. Content is driven by collaboration with stakeholders and subject matter experts and is designed with consideration toward adult learning methodologies.
The videos include discussions from subject matter experts and police practitioners, scenarios, learning activities, and more.
The POST Mental Health Update video is a 2-hour training program containing updated mental health information, scenarios, and briefing room discussions. An instructor and student facilitation guide is downloadable from the DVD. POST CPT credit is available.
Other POST videos related to the topic of mental health include:
- Homelessness and Policing: A Collaborative Approach
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Autism Recognition and Response
- Supporting Returning Military Law Enforcement Personnel
- Tactical Communications
- Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse
- Mental Health Update
- Investigations within Mental Health Institutions
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Attending a conference on Mental Health topics can provide opportunities for networking, education, identifying training resources, and getting recognized as a contemporary participant on the subject of law enforcement training in mental health.