Mental Health and Awareness & Response: An Intro to CIT-Dixon

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023
Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 19, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Dixon Police Department
220 S. Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, IL
Instructor: Mark Benson, Central and Southern Illinois CIT Coordinator

Members' Fee: $0
Sworn Non-Members' Fee: $0
Non-Members' Fee: $0

This Course meets the following ILETSB mandates:

Civil Rights .5

Hours Constitutional/Proper use of Authority .5 Hours

Crisis Intervention 2.5

Hours Human Rights .5

Hours Legal Updates .5

Hours Officer Wellness 1 Hour

Procedural Justice 1 Hour

De-escalation techniques 1 Hour

Officer Safety .5 Hours

COURSE CONTENT: Law enforcement officers have an important role to play in their interactions with community members. This means responding to incidents with individuals who have mental health issues, including diagnosed mental illness. This 8-hour course is meant to provide law enforcement officers with an awareness of mental health issues including a history of the mental health system, types of mental illness, signs and symptoms, common treatments and medications, and the potential interactions law enforcement may have on a regular basis with these individuals, their families, and service providers.



Recognize the history of the mental health system and its impact on law enforcement and the rest of the criminal justice system

Define mental illness

  • Differentiate myths and facts associated with mental illness, including common misperceptions

  • Examine the stigma associated with mental illness

Identify common forms of mental illness likely to be encountered including symptoms and behaviors of each

  • Recognize the implications of co-occurring disorders (i.e., substance abuse and mental illness) on police encounters

  • Examine the components of a crisis

  • Discuss the prevalence of suicide, risk assessment, and response

Differentiate treatment modalities for mental illness

  • Recognize treatment options that assist individuals to live independently

  • Demonstrate understanding of different types of medications

Increase awareness of appropriate law enforcement interaction with individuals who have mental illness.

  • Critical Decision-Making Model Introduction

  • Tactical Communications Overview

  • Operational Safety Tactics Overview

Partial funding provided by Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and MTU#1’s request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board



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