A national model for comprehensive mental health education for police officers, EMS, and other first responders.


The creation of Michigan-Crisis Intervention System (MI-CIS) in 2016 stemmed from what the Michigan Health Endowment Fund identified as a need for improved training for first responders who deal regularly with people and patients in the field with acute behavioral conditions. With the implementation of the grant, the hope is to improve the safety of first responders and citizens and diverting those in need of mental health treatment from incarceration. The grant is part of a collaborative effort between WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Kalamazoo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. In 2018, the MI-CIS Project received sustainment funding from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

Additionally, WMed is a subscribing member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and proudly employ their Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT) training throughout the MI-CIS curriculum. WMed is an approved in-service training institution through Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). 


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