The NSW Police Force Mental Health Intervention Team: An evaluation

Victoria Herrington

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    Abstract

    The NSW Police Force Mental Health Intervention Team (MHIT) is a pilot programdelivering specialist training to front line police in dealing with mental health consumers (incrisis) who come to their attention in three Local Area Commands (LACs). The four-daypackage was designed and delivered in consultation with NSW Health, the SchizophreniaFellowship of NSW, academics and other non-governmental organizations, and equipsgeneral duties police officers with skills to assist in recognizing the signs and symptoms ofmental ill-health, the use of de escalation techniques and, and the roles and responsibilities ofagencies under the Memorandum of Understanding. This paper charts the impact of thistraining in these three LACs, and considerations for those interested in expanding the programstatewide and developing similar programs elsewhere.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCrime and Justice Challenges in the 21st Century
    Subtitle of host publicationVictims, Offenders and Communities. 22nd Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference
    EditorsFrank Morgan
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherANZSOC
    Pages11
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventAnnual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference - Perth, WA, Australia
    Duration: 22 Nov 200925 Nov 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period22/11/0925/11/09

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