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NCJ Number: 203085 Find in a Library
Title: Enhancing Police Response to Persons in Mental Health Crisis: Providing Strategies, Communication Techniques, and Crisis Intervention Preparation in Overcoming Institutional Challenges
Author(s): Don W. Castellano-Hoyt M.A.
Date Published: October 21, 2003
Page Count: 309
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Publication Number: ISBN 0-398-07416-X
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Handbook
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book is written for law enforcement officers in the enhancement of strategies, communication techniques, and crisis intervention preparation when assessing the behavior of those persons considered mentally ill.
Abstract: The public and its institutions continue to demand that law enforcement intervene with persons considered mentally ill by the mental profession. However, the laws enacted are unable to address the deeper philosophic and political controversies within the mental health profession regarding the reality of mental illness, its diagnosis, or its treatment. Officers are in need of a sense of appropriateness when assessing the behavior of someone deemed to be in a mental health crisis; and the sense of appropriateness needs to be grounded in a philosophic outlook that both makes sense and fits today’s pluralistic outlook on life and the Nation’s premise of the preciousness of civil liberty. This book is written to address these issues. The book is divided into three parts: (1) clinical issues; (2) mental heath from a nonclinical perspective; and (3) the national experience in legal terms. Part 1 presents the chapters dealing with assessment and intervention, including strategies, communication techniques, the ideas for overcoming institutional barriers to effective police intervention. Part 2 presents issues of mental health from a nonlegal perspective, and part 3 details the national experience in mental health in legal terms. Each chapter gives an introductory rationale about its usefulness to police. Appendices include the definitions of mental illness are given for each State, the legal provisions for emergency detention, and details of a three-fold division of States’ provisions for emergency detention.
Main Term(s): Police training
Index Term(s): Civil liability; Mental disorders; Mentally ill offenders; Police effectiveness; Police legal limitations; Police legal training; Police procedures training; Police training for persons with disabilities; Special needs offenders
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