Forensic Services / Law Enforcement Training
Lakeview Center's Forensic Services are geared toward preventing the unnecessary incarceration or institutionalization of people with serious and persistent mental illness. The program's case managers work closely with law enforcement, the courts, and the offices of the public defender and state attorney to divert non-violent offenders to treatment and community supports.
The Program's Services Include:
- Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement officers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The 40-hour CIT course includes instruction about mental illnesses, community resources and practical techniques for de-escalating crisis situations. More than 500 officers have received this training, which enables them to recognize when someone has a mental disorder and respond more effectively during an encounter.
- Coordination with jail staff to minimize disruption to treatment for current clients and to facilitate access to treatment for new clients
- Work with courts to secure conditional release for non-violent offenders so that they may receive treatment
- Provision of oversight and treatment within the community for clients whose felony cases resulted in findings of "not guilty by reason of insanity"
- Work to restore competency for clients with felonies who do not require incarceration at state hospitals