Individuals experiencing a mental health crisis are at increased risk for contact with law enforcement, often with tragic consequences. While programs like Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) provide law enforcement with tools to respond to individuals in crisis, these interventions are focused on the point emergency response. This course describes strategies mental health providers and law enforcement to collaborate on innovative interventions at other points along the crisis continuum, while balancing the interests of compassionate mental healthcare and public safety. Dr. Margie Balfour, with Connections Health Solutions, describes how the mental health system collaborates with law enforcement to support the Tucson Model at both the payer and provider level. The Regional Behavioral Health Authority has created performance incentives to facilitate law enforcement collaboration and specialized services such as clinical co-responders partnered with officers in the field. Providers such as the Crisis Response Center tailor clinical and operational practices to facilitate jail diversion via a “no wrong door” approach in which officers can bring individuals for treatment with a 10 minute drop off time and no behavioral acuity exclusion criteria. This course contains examples of individual cases as well as operational successes and failures so that other programs can share in the lessons learned. Presented by Margaret E. Balfour, M.D., Ph.D, University of Arizona.
**This content was captured at the 2018 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.
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This course is free to APA members through the Course of the Month program. Promotional pricing valid August 1-31, 2019.
- Interpret the reasons why people with mental illness are overrpresented in the criminal justice system
- Identify ways in which law enforcement and behavioral health systems can work together to help people with behavioral health needs before and after an emergency response to a crisis
- Discuss ways in which behavioral health systems can tailor their clinical and business processes to support law enforcement and first responders
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Begin Date: August 1, 2019
End Date: December 31, 2021
How to Earn Credit
Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 100% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. 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 (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned.
Continuing Education Credit
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 0.5 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
- Margaret Balfour, M.D., Associate Profession, Psychiatry, The University of Arizona Health Sciences College of Medicine. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Ricardo A. Juarez, M.S., Director, District Branch and International Relations, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Lisa Diener, Director, Membership and Member Engagement, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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