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Mental Health Awareness

Introduction to CIT

Dec. 13, 2021
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition:  Free
ILEAS Training Center
1701 East Main St.
Urbana, IL 61802
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This course is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Training Mandates

This course meets state guidelines for the following mandated subject areas:

  • Law Update  (annual)
  • Use of Force  (annual)
  • Human Rights  (3 year)
  • Mental Health Awareness  (3 year)
  • Officer Wellness  (3 year)
  • Procedural Justice  (3 year)


Every community can expect its police officers to encounter emotionally disturbed individuals, mentally ill subjects, or persons with diminished capacities.  This  group of special needs individuals presents field officers with difficult and often complex issues.  These types of persons, whether from intoxication, suicidal potentials, medical complications, or a diagnosed mental  illness, will display a wide range of behaviors usually different from those exhibited by other members of the community or persons involved in criminal activities.  This course will address current mental health issues of interest to law enforcement professionals, including behavioral signs and symptoms, common treatments and medications, and potential interactions officers may have with consumers, their families, and service providers.

This course is funded by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board through its Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training Program. 


  • The mental health system and its impact on law enforcement
  • Facts and myths associated with mental illness
  • Dispelling common misconceptions
  • Mental illness symptoms and behaviors
  • The implications of co-occurring disorders
  • Tactical communication and decision making
  • Suicide, risk management, and response
  • Mental health treatment options and resources
  • Medications:  anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, 24-hour pharmacy
  • Operational safety, custody, and transport
  • De-escalation, active listening, and other tools for success


Emily Hejna

Emily Hejna, Sergeant
Alton Police DepartmentRead more


Please register for this course by November 29.