Public Safety (Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services & Dispatcher) Trainings
Public Safety (Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services & Dispatcher) Trainings
Improving and Enriching Lives

PERT provides extensive mental health training to public safety (law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical, emergency communications) agencies that includes de-escalation, recognition of behavioral health influencing factors, and appropriate service care referrals. PERT training is designed to facilitate understanding of effective and compassionate response to persons in crisis while maintaining safety. PERT training is certified by the California Commission on Police Officer Standards in Training (POST). Training includes:

  • 24-hour California Commission on Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) certified PERT Academy for law enforcement. . PERT Academy covers topics including an overview of PERT history, policies and procedures, mental health sign and symptom recognition (e.g., mood, psychoses, suicide prevention, substance use, Excited Delirium, cognitive issues), legal considerations, cultural factors, consumer panel, and a community agency resource fair.
  • 8-hour POST certified PERT Academy for law enforcement. This 10-hour highly interactive and experiential based learning format focuses on practical tools to respond effectively and compassionately to those in crisis, while concurrently maintaining safety. Training methods include role-play scenarios and the use of the Force Options Simulator. Law enforcement Defensive Tactical instructors address officer safety issues.
  • 10-hour quarterly training for officers/deputies and PERT Clinicians. This training involves a variety of topics (e.g., co-occurring disorder recognition; cultural awareness).
  • 8-hr POST certified San Diego County Regional De-escalation & Crisis Management Training. In collaboration with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, this training meets the requirements of SB-230.
  • 8-hr POST certified De-escalation and Mental health Training for Dispatchers. This training addresses dispatcher skills in obtaining information from callers to ensure optimal recognition of behavioral health influencing factors as well as effective communication of obtained information to officers in the field to ensure a safe, effective service contact. 
  • Agency requested training, including line-up or briefing training.
  • Mental Health Crisis Response Training for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. This training includes the recognition of mental health influencing factors and the related appropriate response to ensure appropriate care to persons in crisis.
  • Community presentations on PERT services occur often throughout the County.