Introduction to Mental Health Response
Introduction to Mental Health Response
Law Enforcement Training Institute
115 Business Loop 70 West, Rm 143
Columbia, MO 65211
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m*
*Hours may vary due to training schedules
Travis Witt is the E-Learning Coordinator of the University of Missouri’s Law Enforcement Training Institute. He has served in various law enforcement capacities for 19 years, including the last 3 as an instructor trainer. He teaches a variety of topics including Use of Force, Human Behavior, Cultural Competency, and Communications. His goal is to increase Officer Safety through a better understanding of the dynamics of personal interactions in an enforcement environment. If you have questions related to the material please do not hesitate to contact Travis Witt.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive one (1) hour continuing education credit in the area handling persons with mental health and cognitive impairment issues as part core curricula are interpersonal studies.
Police officers are called to handle a variety of issues throughout the country. One of the types of calls often handled involve a person who is suffering from a mental illness and are in crisis. Statistics show that 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness and 1 in 25 adults live with a serious mental illness. When a person is experiencing a mental health crisis it can extremely frightening and difficult for them. Often times family and friends are not equipped or able to handle these type of situations. That leaves them to call upon emergency personnel to respond.
The goal of this program is to provide the student with a better understanding of what mental illness is and is not, and what cognitive impairments are. This program will also give some ideas of handling calls that involve individuals who have a mental illness or cognitive impairment.
This program is part 1 of a 5 part series that discusses issues of responding to calls that involve persons with a mental illness. This course covers the POST topical requirement of “Handling persons with mental health and cognitive impairment issues” as part of the core curricula area of Interpersonal Perspectives.
All learners will need to complete a demographic survey in the beginning of the training, an evaluation at the end of the training, and email Travis Witt about the completion of the training.
Through out the training, learners will need to watch the required video in full, then move on to completing the quiz over the video.
The course will be completed when learners have completed watching all assignments, submitting all quizzes, and emailing the Travis Witt of your completion of the course materials.
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