Mentally ill people are over-represented in the criminal justice system. Law enforcement officers and jail staff must deal regularly with people who have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, and other mental illnesses.
Webinar participants will learn the history, nature, and extent of the issue of mentally ill people in the criminal justice system.
During this webinar, we will discuss:
- A brief overview of mental illness diagnoses and the experiences of mentally ill people.
- The extent and basic issues of mentally ill people involved in the criminal justice system.
- The history of mentally ill people involved in the criminal justice system.
- Best practices for interacting with mentally ill people.
The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-seven year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.