Mental Health Awareness and Response – Intro to CIT- Peru PD, Peru, IL

Mental Health Awareness and Response – Intro to CIT- Peru PD, Peru, IL

02-09-22 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Peru Police Department Training Room
Address: 2650 North Peoria Street Peru, IL 61354
2650 North Peoria Street Peru, IL 61354


Brian Fengel, Director

Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan:

Heather Grove:

Mental Health Awareness and Response

An Intro to CIT

Instructor: Mark Benson

February 9, 2022

8am – 5pm

 Class will meet at Peru PD, Training Room 2650 North Peoria, Peru, IL

Enrollment Deadline: February 2, 2022

Course Size:  Minimum – 15 Maximum – 30


Course Objective

Law Enforcement officers have an important role to play in their interactions with community members. This means responding to incidents with individuals who have mental health issues, including diagnosed mental illness. This 8-hour course is meant to provide law enforcement officers with an awareness of mental health issues including a history of the mental health system, types of mental illness, signs and symptoms, common treatments and medications, and the potential interactions law enforcement may have on a regular basis with these individuals, their families, and service providers.

Course Content

Recognize the history of the mental health system and its impact on law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

Define mental illness-

-Differentiate myths and facts associated with mental illness, including common misconceptions.

-Examine the stigma associated with mental illness

Identify common forms of mental illness likely to be encountered including symptoms and behaviors of each.

-Recognize the implications of co-occurring disorders

-examine the components of a crisis

Differentiate treatment modalities for mental illness

-Recognize treatment options that assist individuals to live independently

-Demonstrate understanding of different types of medications

Increase awareness of appropriate law enforcement interaction with individuals who have mental illness.

 About the Instructor

Mark Benson has been working in the field of mental health since 1990. He earned a Master of Science in Education with a focus on Community Mental Health from Illinois State University in 1997. He is also a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Mark is trained in the Mitchell Model of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Mark has worked in a variety of mental health settings including in community mental health, geriatric and youth mental health, higher education, private practice, in-patient settings and jail counseling. His primary focus has been on crisis intervention.

Mark worked in several capacities with two different mobile crisis teams in Central Illinois for more than 10 years. He also provided mental health services in the McLean County Detention Facility over an 18-year span; the last five years through his own private business. In his role as a program manager with a crisis team, Mark worked side-by-side with first responders, emergency departments and in-patient mental health units. He collaborated with these systems to create integrated services to assist individuals, to increase the likelihood of connection/reconnection to appropriate community services and to advance the goal of decreasing the likelihood of another crisis or psychiatric hospitalization.

Mark has been a Certified Mental Health Trainer with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) since 2002. He has been involved with Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training since 2010 and has been serving as the Regional Coordinator for Central and Southern areas of Illinois since 2013. Throughout his career, Mark has been fortunate to work side-by-side with first responders.

Mobile In-Service Training Team # 7 Illinois Enforcement Training and Standards Board

MTU #7 request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

Meets the following mandatory training criteria: Human Rights, Legal Updates, Mental Health Awareness, Procedural Justice and Use of Force


Mental Health Awareness and Response – Intro to CIT- Peru PD, Peru, IL