PENNSYLVANIA: Police Mental Health Training Legislation

July 01, 2015
News Type:  From the Field
State:  Pennsylvania

In July 2015, the governor of Pennsylvania signed legislation requiring municipal police officers to be trained to recognize and interact with persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and autism, and to be familiar with the services available for these individuals. House Bill 221 also requires that district judges be trained about mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and autism as well as diversionary options fr these individuals.

 

For more information on policies that may have an impact on suicide, see Suicide Prevention Policy and Legislation.

Settings:  Justice System, Law Enforcement
Planning and Implementing:  Policy and Legislation, Education and Training