Division of Behavioral Health Videos

Behavioral Health/Rural Law Enforcement Training Videos 

This series of training videos was developed by the NE Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Behavioral Health and Communications & Legislative Services Section using federal grant funds from the U.S. Department of Justice/ Office of Justice Programs / Bureau of Justice Assistance:
  • Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (CDFA #16.745), Category II: Planning and Implementation (from 11/01/2008 to 10/31/2011)
  • Goal 1: Provide statewide Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for Law Enforcement officers and make clear linkages with local crisis response teams.
    • Objective 1.4 Sustain statewide training for law enforcement.

The training is designed to better equip officers to respond to persons in a mental health crisis by training them to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness; understand mental illness and its impact on the lives of the people it affects; develop de-escalation techniques which they can use when encountering an individual with a mental health crisis; and how to connect persons to appropriate community-based behavioral health services.
The key message was two-fold: give officers a sense of what a person with a mental health crisis would act and sound like and also give the officers a set of techniques which they can use to de-escalate the crisis.

The video series uses experts from law enforcement and behavioral health to describe a likely scenario and the techniques, combined with 3 demonstration scenarios depicting how an individual experiencing Psychosis, Depression or Mania would likely act and sound and, how an officer uses the de-escalation techniques. Other videos in the training series explain the resources available to the officers.
The following links will take you to the YouTube Videos and open in a NEW browser window/tab. 
  • Video segments coutesy of WOWT-TV- Omaha NE.


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