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Capacity: 30 - Available: 27
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Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Illinois Valley Crime Prevention Commission Training Room
225 Backbone Road East
Princeton, IL
Instructor: Instructor: Mark Benson, LCPC
Mr. Benson is the central and southern Illinois regional coordinator for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. Mr. Benson is the owner of NSE Solutions, an out-patient counseling practice in Normal, Illinois. Mr. Benson previously was a clinician and program manager for a mobile crisis response team in McLean, Woodford and Tazewell counties. Mr. Benson also provided mental health services in the McLean County Detention Facility for approximately 18 years.
Mr. Benson has been a certified instructor with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board since 2003 and CIT since 2008 serving as a regional coordinator since 2013. Mr. Benson has conducted trainings in the following areas:
  • Crisis Intervention Team training courses: Prep, Basic and Advanced training
  • Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention in a Correctional Setting
  • Mental Health Issues and Suicide Assessment for First Responders
  Member Fee: $0
Non-Member Fee: $100

This course was formerly titled "Mental Health Awareness"

This course meets the Mental Health Awareness training mandate and it is suggested that this course be taken prior to taking the 40 hour CIT class.

Effective Jan 1, 2018, HB 375 mandates Mental Health Awareness training for law enforcement on a three-year cycle.

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.

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

2.  Define mental illness:        
                a.    Differentiate myths and facts associated with mental illness, including common misperceptions         
                b.    Examine the stigma associated with mental illness

3.  Identify common forms of mental illness likely to be encountered including symptoms and behaviors of each:         
               a.    Recognize the implications of co-occurring disorders (i.e. substance abuse & mental illness) on police encounters         
               b.    Examine the components of a crisis         
               c.    Discuss the prevalence of suicide, risk assessment, and response

4.  Differentiate treatment modalities for mental illness:         
               a.    Recognize treatment options that assist individuals to live independently         
               b.    Demonstrate understanding of different types of medications

5.  Increase awareness of appropriate law enforcement interaction with individuals who have mental illness:         
               a.    Critical Decision-Making Model Introduction         
               b.    Tactical Communications Overview         
               c.    Operational Safety Tactics Overview

6.  Overview of Officer self-care and Peer Support Programs

7.  Overview of the benefits of the 40 hour basic CIT training and developing a department CIT Program

MTU 5’s request for certification of this course, as well as Mandate Approval, is PENDING through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standard’s Board.
  Civil Rights   Constitutional and Proper Use of Law Enforcement Authority.
  Cultural Competency  X  Procedural Justice
 X Introductory Mental Health Awareness X Legal Updates
 X  Human Rights  X  Use of Force (must include scenario based or similar approved training)
  Lead Homicide Investigator   Sexual Assault Trauma Informed Response
  Sexual Assault Investigator Training   Psychology of Domestic Violence
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