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Black & Blue: The Intersection of Mental Health, Policing, and Race In A Crisis Response

Funding for the Striving for Excellence Series was made possible by Grant No. H79FG000591 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.       



In 1900s, police were involved in enforcing racial segregation and suppressing the civil rights of Black Americans. In modern times, Black people are imprisoned at five times the rate of whites and are three times more likely than whites to be killed by police. Over the years, responding to mental health crises and addressing social and mental health issues has been placed under the purview of law enforcement. Police have also become the gatekeepers of the largest mental health facilities in the US, correctional institutions. Black parents have “The Talk” with their children to prepare them for police encounters. The Talk requires the party to have logical thoughts and be able to follow directives. Nearly 20 percent of fatal shootings involve someone who has mental health problems. When you add irrational thought and dysregulated behaviors and historical race based tensions, the result is a culture of unarmed Black individuals facing high risk of harm or death when in a mental health crisis. The presenter will describe how their identities as both Black and members of law enforcement give them unique insights into the intersection of mental health, policing, and race in a crisis response


Recorded webinar.

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the historic origins of policing in America and its impact on current relations in Black and Brown communities.
  • Share major findings of a recent investigation by the Department of Justice on the policing by the Minneapolis Police Department and its potential impact on people living with mental health disorders and disabilities throughout the United States.
  • Discuss the life and legacy of Miles Hall, an unarmed Black man experiencing a mental health crisis, killed by police to understand the risk of fatal outcomes for unarmed Black people and those experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Explore innovative solutions to decrease the role of police in response to a mental health crisis.

Target Audience 


Instructional Level 


Estimate Time to Complete 

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour 
Program Start Date: July 20, 2023 
Program End Date: July 20, 2026

How to Earn Credit 

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit 

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.  


The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Faculty and Planner Disclosures 

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity. 


  • Dionne Hart, MD. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 


  • Dionne Hart, MD. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

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Technical Requirements 

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following: 

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari 
  • Internet Explorer 11+ 

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Optimal System Configuration: 

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version) 
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version) 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher 

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content 
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content 

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 07/20/2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit
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