Ins and Outs of Police Mental Health Crisis Response



By Rose Boerner, NAMI Yavapai


Our next Mental Health Monday program will take place via Zoom on March 28th, 10:00 to 11:30 AM, and will focus on police responses when a mental health crisis occurs. If you have ever been afraid to call the police during a mental health crisis, the program will explain:

  • What to do when you have to call 9-1-1 and what to expect.

  • Behavioral Health Training for Officers in Arizona.

  • Understanding cop culture.

  • What is CIT Training and how can it help your family.

Amanda Stamps, Vice President Arizona Crisis Intervention Team Association, Retired Mesa Police Department — Amanda recently retired from the Mesa Police Department after more than 23 years. She has worked as a patrol officer, a field training officer, a detective with the Special Victims Unit, in Community Engagement and Youth Development, as a member of the peer support team, and most recently as the department's Crisis Intervention Team Program Coordinator. Detective Stamps teaches mental illness and crisis intervention to all officers both at the academy level and in their continuing training and provides training to communication and detention personnel. In 2015, Detective Stamps became the first full-time CIT Program Coordinator for the Mesa Police Department and was involved in the creation of the Crisis Response Team and the current co-responder model. She has a BA in Psychology, a M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Relations, and is attending ASU in pursuit of a Doctor of Behavioral Health degree. Detective Stamps is a member of NAMI and CIT International and on the board of Mental Health America-Arizona and on many community advisory boards. She remains with the Mesa Police Department as a reserve officer.

The program is free by going to https://namiyavapai.org/mental-health-monday/ or contact NAMIYavapai.org for more information. NAMI Yavapai is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy.

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