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Improving Law Enforcement Officers’ Response to Children and Youth with Behavioral Health Needs: Strategies That Work

Date: 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 03:00
By: 
Slaton, E. & Denney, T.

Law enforcement officers often serve as first responders to emotional and mental health crisis in rural communities. This webinar offered presentations and interactive discussion about strategies for effective law enforcement handling of and response to emotional and mental health crisis. The first half of this webinar addressed the underlying factors that can cause negative outcomes when law enforcement responds to youth in mental health or emotional crisis, including effective strategies for rural communities. Steps that family members, caregivers and youth can take to improve outcomes when involved with law enforcement were also discussed. The second half of the webinar presented components of an effective law enforcement training model based on the Mental Health First Aid training curriculum. Key elements of a successful training team and the training experience, as well as tips and tools for engaging law enforcement professionals in an ongoing training relationship, were shared.

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