Responding to Critical Incidents Involving the Mentally Ill: What Every Law Enforcement Agency Needs to Know


Up to half of the individuals involved in deadly force incidents have some form of disability. Police officers are expected to serve as mental health gatekeepers and have to respond to real threats to health or safety, even if an individual's actions are a result of some disability. In this presentation, Michele and Joe will discuss recent cases from the Ninth Circuit that demonstrate the importance of critical incident training. They will explore the impact of exigent circumstances and direct threats under the ADA, and examine the results of various training tactics utilized by law enforcement, including de-escalation, CIT, and Mental Health Training.

Core Competency #1: PRMS - Public Risk Management Skills

Crisis Management

Course Level


Learning Objectives

Objective 1: Identify critical training needed to avoid litigation for emergency responders
Objective 2: Identify developing law and application of law to understand exposure to liability
Objective 3 Identify practice pointers for government agencies and risk adjusters to employ appropriate emergency response


Risk Control