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Full Text of HB3167  102nd General Assembly


Rep. Robert Rita

Filed: 4/20/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3167 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Illinois Police Training Act is amended by
5adding Section 3.2 as follows:
6    (50 ILCS 705/3.2 new)
7    Sec. 3.2. Statewide Mental Health and Peer Support
9    (a) Mental Health and Peer Support Institute. There is
10created under the authority of the Board a Mental Health and
11Peer Support Institute to develop, implement, review, and
12revise programs for mental health and peer support education
13for law enforcement, correctional, and court security officers
14(certified officers).
15    (b) Advisory panel. The Institute shall be staffed and
16operated by employees of the Board. The Institute shall create



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1a standing advisory panel, which shall be a part of the
2Institute, and shall be composed of content experts that shall
3consist of at least one of the following as appointed by the
4Board Chairman, who should be representative of both rural and
5urban settings that vary in size, location, resources, and
7        (1) a law enforcement agency administrator with
8    experience operating a mental health response program;
9        (2) a representative of an officers' pension or
10    benefits organization;
11        (3) a certified Crisis Intervention Team officer, with
12    at least 5 years of experience;
13        (4) a representative of a National Alliance on Mental
14    Illness chapter based in Illinois;
15        (5) a licensed therapist or clinical social worker
16    with experience assisting law enforcement officers; and
17        (6) a representative of a police union.
18    The Chairman may appoint additional members to the
19advisory panel. This panel shall meet periodically and report
20regularly to the Board.
21    (c) Curriculum development. The Institute shall have the
22following authorities and duties:
23        (1) review all stand-alone courses, blocks of
24    instruction, and student performance objectives for mental
25    health courses approved by the Board;
26        (2) establish or approve a course of instruction for



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1    basic academies to introduce recruit officers to mental
2    health issues they could face throughout their career;
3        (3) establish or approve evidence based in-service
4    courses addressing personal mental health issues including
5    resilience training, trauma-based training, and training
6    for certified officer families;
7        (4) set standards for offering adult continuing
8    education in mental health for officers at various stages
9    of their careers;
10        (5) periodically coordinate with colleges and
11    universities to review best practices and produce research
12    on the trainings and their effectiveness; and
13        (6) create model policies for law enforcement and
14    correctional agencies related to mental health response
15    and peer support program development.
16    (d) Crisis Intervention Team coordination. The Institute
17shall establish a statewide system to coordinate Crisis
18Intervention Team programs and offer resources to certified
19Crisis Intervention Team officers and their respective
20agencies for responding to crisis intervention calls and
21addressing critical incident stress management. The Institute
22may develop a web portal, telephone line, or mobile
23application accessible 24 hours a day for those involved with
24crisis intervention response to coordinate services with an
25established network of regional mental health providers. The
26Institute shall organize professional development summits for



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1first responders, mental health providers, community
2organizations, advocacy groups, trainers, agency program
3administrators, and other content affiliates.
4    (e) Peer support. The Institute shall establish a peer
5support network for certified officers that provides anonymous
6services by licensed therapists with a strong understanding of
7first responder challenges. This shall include access to a
8network of professionals who offer treatment for trauma,
9including PTSD, who have a strong working knowledge of the
10challenges facing certified officers. The Institute may also
11develop a web portal, telephone line, or mobile application
12accessible 24 hours a day for those seeking a consultation.
13The Board may retain the services of licensed therapists and
14trained peer consultants on behalf of the Institute.
15    (f) Funding. The Institute shall explore areas and
16opportunities for funding to support its operation and
17administration of services. These shall include the
18application for public and private grants and donations.
19Administrative support for the Institute shall be provided by
20the Board.".