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SB-11 Peace officer training: mental health.(2015-2016)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 20, 2015


SECTION 1.

 Section 13515.26 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

13515.26.
 (a) The commission shall review the training module in the regular basic course relating to persons with a mental illness, intellectual disability, or substance use disorder, and analyze existing training curricula in order to identify areas where additional training is needed to better prepare law enforcement to effectively address incidents involving mentally disabled persons.
(b) Upon identifying what additional training is needed, the commission shall update the training in consultation with appropriate community, local, and state organizations, and agencies that have expertise in the area of mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance use disorders, and with appropriate consumer and family advocate groups.
(c) The training shall address issues related to stigma, shall be culturally relevant and appropriate, and shall include all of the following topics:
(1) Recognizing indicators of mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance use disorders.
(2) Conflict resolution and deescalation techniques for potentially dangerous situations.
(3) Use of force options and alternatives.
(4) The perspective of individuals or families who have experiences with persons with mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance use disorders.
(5) Mental health resources available to the first responders to events that involve mentally disabled persons.
(d) The course of instruction shall be at least 15 hours, and shall include training scenarios and facilitated learning activities relating to law enforcement interaction with persons with mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance use disorders.
(e) The course shall be presented within the existing hours allotted for the regular basic course.
(f) The commission shall implement this section on or before August 1, 2016.

SEC. 2.

 Section 13515.27 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

13515.27.
 (a) The commission shall establish and keep updated a classroom-based continuing training course that includes instructor-led active learning, such as scenario-based training, relating to behavioral health and law enforcement interaction with persons with mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance use disorders.
(b) This course shall be at least three consecutive hours, may include training scenarios and facilitated learning activities, shall address issues related to stigma, shall be culturally relevant and appropriate, and shall include all of the following topics:
(1) The cause and nature of mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance use disorders.
(2) Indicators of mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance use disorders.
(3) Appropriate responses to a variety of situations involving persons with mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance use disorders.
(4) Conflict resolution and deescalation techniques for potentially dangerous situations.
(5) Appropriate language usage when interacting with potentially emotionally distressed persons.
(6) Resources available to serve persons with mental illness or intellectual disability.
(7) The perspective of individuals or families who have experiences with persons with mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance use disorders.
(c) The course described in subdivisions (a) and (b) shall be made available by the commission to each law enforcement officer with a rank of supervisor or below and who is assigned to patrol duties or to supervise officers who are assigned to patrol duties.
(d) The commission shall implement this section on or before August 1, 2016.