BILL NUMBER: AB 1718	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER   200
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE   JULY 24, 2000
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR   JULY 24, 2000
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY   JULY 6, 2000
	PASSED THE SENATE   JUNE 29, 2000
	AMENDED IN SENATE   JUNE 20, 2000
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY   MARCH 28, 2000

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Hertzberg
   (Principal coauthor:  Assembly Member Keeley)
   (Coauthors:  Assembly Members Aroner, Bock, Davis, Kuehl,
Longville, Machado, Maddox, Mazzoni, Steinberg, Strom-Martin, and
Washington)
   (Coauthor:  Senator Perata)

                        JANUARY 3, 2000

   An act to add Section 13515.25 to the Penal Code, relating to
peace officers.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1718, Hertzberg.  Peace officers:  advanced training:  mental
illness.
   Existing law requires specified categories of law enforcement
officers to meet training standards pursuant to courses of training
certified by the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST)
program, including a basic training course for law enforcement
officers containing an adequate instruction in the handling of
persons with developmental disabilities or mental illness, or both,
as specified.
   This bill would require that, on or before June 30, 2001, POST
establish and keep updated a continuing education classroom training
course relating to law enforcement intervention with developmentally
disabled and mentally ill persons and that the course be developed in
consultation with specified groups and entities.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:


  SECTION 1.  Section 13515.25 is added to the Penal Code, to read:
   13515.25.  (a) The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and
Training shall, on or before June 30, 2001, establish and keep
updated a continuing education classroom training course relating to
law enforcement interaction with developmentally disabled and
mentally ill persons.  The training course shall be developed by the
commission in consultation with appropriate community, local, and
state organizations and agencies that have expertise in the area of
mental illness and developmental disability, and with appropriate
consumer and family advocate groups.  In developing the course, the
commission shall also examine existing courses certified by the
commission that relate to mentally ill and developmentally disabled
persons.  The commission shall make the course available to law
enforcement agencies in California.
   (b) The course described in subdivision (a) shall consist of
classroom instruction and shall utilize  interactive training methods
to ensure that the training is as realistic as possible.  The course
shall include, at a minimum, core instruction in all of the
following:
   (1) The cause and nature of mental illnesses and developmental
disabilities.
   (2) How to identify indicators of mental illness and developmental
disability and how to respond appropriately in a variety of common
situations.
   (3) Conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques for
potentially dangerous situations involving mentally ill and
developmentally disabled persons.
   (4) Appropriate language usage when interacting with mentally ill
and developmentally disabled persons.
   (5) Alternatives to lethal force when interacting with potentially
dangerous mentally ill and developmentally disabled persons.
   (6) Community and state resources available to serve mentally ill
and developmentally disabled persons and how these resources can be
best utilized by law enforcement to benefit the mentally ill and
developmentally disabled community.
   (c) The commission shall submit a report to the Legislature by
October 1, 2003, that shall include all of the following:
   (1) A description of the process by which the course was
established, including a list of the agencies and groups that were
consulted.
   (2) Information on the number of law enforcement agencies that
utilized, and the number of officers that attended, the course or
other courses certified by the commission relating to mentally ill
and developmentally disabled persons from July 1, 2001, to July 1,
2003, inclusive.
   (3) Information on the number of law enforcement agencies that
utilized, and the number of officers that attended, courses certified
by the commission relating to mentally ill and developmentally
disabled persons from July 1, 2000, to July 1, 2001, inclusive.
   (d) The Legislature encourages law enforcement agencies to include
the course created in this section, or any other course certified by
the commission relating to mentally ill and developmentally disabled
persons, as part of their advanced officer training program.
   (e) It is the intent of the Legislature to reevaluate, on the
basis of its review of the report required in subdivision (c), the
extent to which law enforcement officers are receiving adequate
training in how to interact with mentally ill and developmentally
disabled persons.