MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE


General Order


CHAPTER: 032-C

TITLE: Mental Illness Encounters

EFFECTIVE DATE:

August 19, 2009

NO. PAGES: 5

REVIEWED/REVISED: May 1, 2018

REFERENCE: CALEA 1.1.3; CALEA 41.2.7

RESCINDS: Special Order: Mental Illness Encounter 06.15.2007

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Sheriff of Monroe County


PURPOSE:

The purpose of this order is to establish policy and procedures for dealing with persons suspected of suffering from mental illness.


POLICY:

It is the Sheriff's policy that employees are able to recognize mental illness to better resolve situations they are called to in the best manner focused on the safety of all involved.


PROCEDURE:


Americans With Disabilities Act:


The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) entitles people with mental illness or disabilities to the same services and protection that law enforcement agencies provide to anyone else.


Treatment of Persons:


All Monroe County Sheriff’s Office employees shall treat persons suspected of suffering from mental illness with dignity and respect. Non-sworn employees who are unable to effectively serve the person’s needs shall contact the Communications Division and request a deputy’s assistance.


Health Records:


Any mental health records received by the agency shall be treated as a non-public record.


Recognition of Mental Illness:


The five most common forms of mental illness are:

[CALEA 41.2.7 d]


The training division will assure that all personnel who may have direct contact with the public shall receive refresher training on mental illness encounters annually. [CALEA 41.2.7 e]