Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri (MHA-EM) has a long and varied history of working with law enforcement. The consistent goal throughout this work has always been two-fold:
- provide information, education, and skills to help officers feel more comfortable and capable when responding to a mental health crisis
- publicly recognize and honor officers who go “above and beyond” when helping a person in psychiatric crisis
Our current work in this endeavor consists of our Street Talk newsletter and participation in the Crisis Intervention Team.
Street Talk newsletter
Through collaboration with local mental health agencies and police departments, we produce and distribute Street Talk, a mental health newsletter for law enforcement professionals. Its purpose is to:
- provide information about mental illness to help officers when they encounter someone in a mental health crisis
- identify community mental health resources
- discuss strategies to maintain or improve one's own mental wellness while working in the law enforcement profession
If you are a police officer or work in Probation and Parole, and want to read or sign up to receive Street Talk, click here.
Crisis Intervention Team
MHA-EM is a proud partner agency in the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) of Greater St. Louis. The goal of CIT is to deliver positive law enforcement crisis intervention to those experiencing a mental health crisis. This goal is accomplished by:
- creating and facilitating community partnerships between law enforcement, consumers, mental health providers, families, and advocates
- providing leadership to facilitate and deliver training specialized training to officers
- coordinating and enhancing police response to mental health crises in the community through police department’s Crisis Intervention Team
We partner in this work to ensure high-quality training and education for officers by serving on the Curriculum Training Committee, and routinely presenting Community Resource information for officers who attend the 40-hour training program. We also serve on the Council, the governing body for the St. Louis area’s CIT program.