Mental Health Decision Making

Using lecture, class interaction, and video this class is designed to give first responders the tools needed to effectively interact with people that suffer from mental health issues. 

This course is designed to help first responders:  (1) recognize the symptoms of mental illness, (2) de­escalate situations involving mentally ill people in crisis, and (3) seek better outcomes on calls involving mentally ill people in crisis.

This is no longer a CPT course and does not satisfy the Perishable Skills Training requirement for Strategic Communication.

This course satisfies the 8 hours of Mental Health Training required for Field Training Officers per Senate Bill 29 (SB29).  It also satisfies training as designated by Senate Bill 11 (SB11)


$182 - 8 hours, POST Plan I

2023 - 2024 Dates

CCN Date Location Status
23001 August 10, 2023 Sheraton Garden Grove Closed
23002 October 5, 2023 Sheraton Garden Grove Open
23003 December 7, 2023 Sheraton Garden Grove Open
23004 TBD    


Course Control Number



Sheraton Garden Grove
12221 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 703-8400


Because classes fill up quickly, we strongly encourage registering as soon as possible. Please have your training department contact the Center for Criminal Justice at CSULB or call 562.985.4940 to make reservations. If you make a reservation via email please include the following information:

  • Class Name and Date
  • Training Managers Name
  • Training Managers Phone Number
  • Training Managers Email Address
  • Agency Name
  • Name of Attendee(s)
  • POST ID # for Attendee(s)
  • Attendee's Email Address

You will receive a confirmation email letting you know that we have registered you for the class. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis, a wait list will be established once the maximum number of students has been met.

Course Outline

Topical Areas

  • Reducing injuries to both officers and the public
  • Reducing the need for the use of force by police officers
  • Increasing access to services for people with mental illness and their families
  • Identifying persons with mental illness and providing appropriate assistance
  • Reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues