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CJA 244 - Introduction to Behavioral Health Crisis Services

3.00 credits
Introduces students to the intersection of behavioral health services and criminal justice systems in urgent/emergent settings. Utilizes both a theoretical and practical base of knowledge allowing students to develop their skills during interventions with clients experiencing acute behavioral health symptoms. This course will extend their ability to assess the needs of the client and understand the resources available to them as they attempt to connect individuals to appropriate systems of care. The students will be provided basic information relative to mental health symptoms, substance abuse disorders, and other clusters of behavioral disturbances that can impact a client’s functioning. The intent will be for them to understand the potential differences between each cluster of symptoms to assist with developing appropriate responses while interacting with their clients, as well as, engaging the appropriate systems of care. They will learn de-escalation skills, situation management, understanding of chronic mental illnesses, acute substance disorders, cognitive disorders, and developmental delays. They will gain an understanding of the crisis response system, civil commitment laws, and the role that law enforcement assists patients with behavioral health crisis situations. Recommended: CJA 111, CJA 112, and CJA 113. Prerequisites: WRI 121 with a grade of “C” or better.



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