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NCJ Number: 119205 Find in a Library
Title: Managing Persons with Mental Disabilities: A Curriculum Guide for Police Trainers
Author(s): G R Murphy
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 92
Sponsoring Agency: Ittleson Family Foundation
New York, NY 10021
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Washington, DC 20036
Van Ameringen Foundation, Inc
New York, NY 10022
Sale Source: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 930
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this curriculum guide is to prepare police officers to handle the mentally disabled persons they encounter in their daily duties by enhancing personal understanding of mental disabilities and treatment practices.
Abstract: Effective and safe police practices to handle mentally disabled persons are needed in light of the continued deinstitutionalization of mental patients, increased homelessness, and drug abuse. A lack of appropriate community mental health resources and supporting resources, such as housing, force other segments of society, including the police, to bear responsibility for the care of mentally disabled individuals. For police officers, this responsibility entails referring mentally disabled persons or their families to mental health and other community resources, initiating civil commitment proceedings, or arresting mentally disabled persons when they commit a serious crime. Each section of the curriculum guide is designed to meet specific training objectives and to contribute to the course's overall goal of improved police handling of mentally disabled individuals. The guide has five instructional units totaling 16 hours that focus on the nature of the problem, understanding mental disabilities, statutory requirements and implications, on-scene management in responding to calls, and dispositions after responding to calls. The guide may be used to train both recruit and veteran police officers. Appendixes contain a mental disability attitude test, a list of differences between mental retardation and mental illness, guidelines for handling frequently encountered situations, a questionnaire for assessing mental health problems, and information about schizophrenia.
Main Term(s): Police specialized training
Index Term(s): Mental disorders; Persons with cognitive disabilities; Police training for persons with disabilities
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