2022 – MCJA Mandatory: Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health Calls

by | Jul 29, 2022

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Instructional Goal: 

In this course of instruction, the participant will learn best practices for responding to mental health calls for service.

Performance Objectives:

At the end of this unit of instruction, the student will be able to accomplish the following

  1. Define “Mentally Ill Person; Severe and Persistent Mental Illness; and Assertive Community Treatment” under Maine Law.
  2. Identify causes of a mental health crisis situation.
  3. Identify warning signs of emotional distress.
  4. Identify different types of mental health disorders.
  5. List four strategies that a law enforcement officer can use when responding to a known mental health crisis.
  6. Identify local, state, and federal resources that can assist your agency.

Prepared by:  Chief Robert MacKenzie, Kennebunk PD

                        Chief Eliot Moya, Eliot PD

                        Meaghan O’Leary, Dirigo Safety, LLC