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Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Putnam County Emergency Management Office
1120 Old Highway 26
Hennepin, IL 61327
Instructor: Mark Benson, LCPC

Mr. Benson is currently the course coordinator for the Critical Incident Training (CIT) throughout the State of Illinois.  Mr. Benson is also the co-owner and clinician with Real Change Clinical Services in Bloomington, Il.and is a Clinical Supervisor for Specialty Courts with McClean County Court Services.

He has been a Certified Instructor with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board since 2002.

Mr. Benson has conducted training in the following areas: Mental Health in the Correctional System, Mental Health Issues & Suicide Assessment for First Responders, Psychotropic Medications/Illness that mimics Mental Illness, and Legal Issues for the CIT training.  Member Fee: $0
Non-Member Fee: $0

THIS IS A NEW MANDATE!! Changes made to 50 ILCS 705/7(g) (effective January 1, 2018) require officers to receive training once every three years on the topic of Mental Health Awareness & Response.  50 ILCS 705/10.17 (b) requires the Board to create an introductor course on Mental Health Awareness. 

Instructional Goal

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.

Student Performance Objectives

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

2. Define mental illness.

  • 2A. Differentiate myths and facts associated with mental illness, including common misperceptions.
  • 2B. Examine the stigma associated with mental illness.

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

  • 3A. Recognize the implications of co-occurring disorders (i.e., substance abuse and mental illness) on police encounters
  • 3B. Examine the components of a crisis
  • 3C. Discuss the prevalence of suicide, risk assessment, and response.

4. Differentiate treatment modalities for mental illness.

  • 4A. Recognize treatment options that assist individuals to live independently
  • 4B. Demonstrate understanding of different types of medications

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

  • 5A. Critical Decision-Making Model Introduction
  • 5B. Tactical Communications Overview
  • 5C. Operational Safety Tactics Overview
THIS COURSE MEETS THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED MANDATED TRAINING:  Introductory Mental Health Awareness, Procedural Justice, Human Rights, Legal Updates, Use of Force


MTU 5’s request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standard’s Board.

Course enrollment must be made by the agency CEO or designated training officer.  Registration may be made using our on-line course registration link on this website.  All officers enrolled by their department will be assumed to be on duty unless otherwise noted
Mobile In-Service Training Region #5 –Assist Program
Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
Serving the Counties of: Bureau – La Salle – Marshall – Putnam - Stark