News You Can Use: California

California addressed the need for police officers to be competent in working with individuals with mental health issues, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders by enacting Senate Bills 11 and 29. Both bills increase behavioral and mental health training for police officers and required the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop training curriculum for current police officers. Senate Bill 11 increases the number of training hours for new recruits from six to fifteen hours. Senate Bill 29 requires police officers in supervisory roles to receive at least twelve hours of mental health instruction, including eight hours of crisis intervention training. The Governor has signed both bills into law.