There is currently a need for police across the country to improve strategies in de-escalating mental health crises and gain greater knowledge about community services.

Now available in two versions, pocket size and a brochure, the objective of the Police Pocket Guide to Responding to Youths with Mental Disorders is to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental health challenges in youth, and show the positive difference an educated first responder can make in diverting youth from jails or hospitals. The Police Pocket Guide was developed by two mothers in Massachusetts to provide law enforcement officers, legal professionals, and other first responders with specific tools, techniques, and resources on responding to and working with youth with mental health needs and their families. It includes  information on various mental health disorders and medications, specific tips on working with this population, and national and state resources.