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Increasing Mental Health Awareness in Our Community

Tuscaloosa County's nine police departments piloted the Remind mental health training curriculum in the spring of 2021. The original three-course curriculum has been expanded to include a new course dedicated to Communication & Active Listening. Completion of these four courses provides 6 CEUs for officers (the maximum online credits allowable through APOSTC for 2022). This unique and relevant training opportunity supports law enforcement officers with de-escalation strategies when dealing with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Remind's goal is to strengthen law enforcement's confidence in providing comprehensive mental health assistance and effective crisis intervention with reduced stigma.

This exclusive training increases mental health literacy and substance abuse awareness while highlighting diversity, equity and inclusion, communication, and intersectionality within the community.

Over 150 Alabama law enforcement officers have completed the Remind Training since its launch. Survey results show a significant increase in the participating officer's knowledge of schizophrenia, generalized anxiety disorder, and major depressive disorder. Total scores of behavioral health knowledge increased after the training.

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Law enforcement officers are now often placed on the front lines of the current mental health crisis gripping our nation. It is in the best interest of all involved for us to receive training in this area in order to better serve the public and to provide for the safety of all parties.

Lt. Craig Parker

Tuscaloosa Police Department

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Community Advisory Board

The CAB includes LEOs, technology developers, mental health providers, and stakeholders in local mental health care agencies and government offices. The CAB meets quarterly each year to provide suggestions on improving the adoption and outcomes of the Remind Training.

Research Team

The research team comprises faculty and staff from The University of Alabama School of Social Work, law enforcement and technology specialists from the Center for Advanced Public Safety, and local law enforcement professionals.