Crisis Response and Behavioral Health

Crisis Response and Behavioral Health 

The Center for Crisis Response and Behavioral Health provides training and education to law enforcement and mental health professionals on effective response methods for encounters with individuals who are experiencing a psychiatric, substance-related, or mental health crisis. Programs address a critical need for reimagining and expanding roles and opportunities in public safety and seek to create effective partnerships between mental health and law enforcement. 

About the Center

Through continuing education, webinars, an annual symposium, and the nation's first graduate certificate program program in Co-Response, our curriculum offer law enforcement and co-response clinicians the skills needed to identify, manage, and de-escalate situations involving persons in crisis.

Meet the Director

Dr. Sarah Abbott has dedicated her career to providing police agencies with a working roadmap to ensure that encounters with individuals in situational, substance-related, or mental health crises have safe and effective resolutions and that the mental health needs of persons involved in traumatic events, including the officers themselves, receive appropriate care and attention.


The Graduate Certificate in Crisis Response and Behavioral Health combines state-of-the-art technology with skills-based training and education to help guide police and clinicians to defuse complex and evolving situations before force is needed.

participants in a co-response meeting held in Ireland

International Co-Responder Alliance

The CRBH is a participating member  of the International Co-Responder Alliance (ICRA). The ICRA was established to unite, promote, strengthen, and expand multi-disciplinary co-responder programs, while improving outcomes for first responders, behavioral health professionals and individuals affected by behavioral health issues.

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