New South Carolina Law Requires Officers to Undergo Mental Health Training
South Carolina recently passed a law that requires police officers in the state to undergo training to better recognize when a mental illness, not malicious intent, is behind a person’s actions. The legislation, passed unanimously and signed by the governor in May, applies to all 16,000 officers in South Carolina. NAMI’s Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program, offered statewide is the key vehicle delivering the required training. The proven record of success of CIT programs presented by NAMI across South Carolina was a significant factor in developing and passing the legislation.
CIT is a national program that NAMI offers to local law enforcement agencies. It is designed to educate and prepare police and security officers, who come in contact with persons who have mental illness, to recognize the signs and symptoms of these illnesses and to respond appropriately to avoid escalation of the situation and to minimize the possibility of injury both to the officer and to the person with mental illness. Read more about the legislation below.