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Peace Officer Training Signed Into Law!

Peace Officer Training Signed Into Law!

We are thrilled to announce that SB 11 and SB 29, by Senator Jim Beall, were signed into law by Governor Brown  (October 2015)

Together, these bills will require 15 hours of behavioral health training for law enforcement in the basic academy course, and 12 hours of training for Field Training Officers, including 8 hours of crisis intervention behavioral health training. The training must include recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental illness, de-escalation techniques, appropriate response options, and community resources and referrals.

SB 11 and SB 29 were made possible by your support over the past weeks, months and years. The stories, and the local and state advocacy of NAMI families, combined with our partnership with law enforcement officers, made the case for mental health training.

Thank you for your work, your commitment, and your vision. NAMI California looks forward to continuing to work with each of you as these new laws are implemented.

We are collecting thank you cards for the author of the bills, Senator Beall, and Governor Brown. If you would like to express your appreciation for this legislation, please send your card to NAMI California at 1851 Heritage Lane, Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95815. If you have any questions, please contact advocacy@namica.org.