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MCOLES Press Release: Farmington Hills Honored For Their Community Partnerships and Training

Timothy Bourgeois, Executive Director

July 9, 2024


LANSING, MICH.  – The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (Commission) unanimously adopted resolutions at their June meeting, honoring Chief Jeff King and the Farmington Hills Police Department; as well as Director Bob Houhanisin and the Farmington Hills Department of Public Safety.

Both departments were recognized for their effective response to individuals in mental health crises by becoming the first law enforcement agencies in Michigan to have 100 percent of their sworn officers, dispatchers and other key personnel educated in the Commission’s 20-hour Behavioral Health Emergency Partnership (BHEP) training curriculum*.

“The Commission has tremendous respect and admiration for both the Farmington Hills Police Department and the Farmington Public Safety Department,” said Kimberly Koster, Commission Chair. “It is important that we recognize and honor Chief King and Director Houhanisin for their continued leadership and commitment to the law enforcement profession, the citizens of their community, and to the State of Michigan.”

“It’s encouraging to see these outstanding departments investing their time and talent to comprehensively complete the BHEP training, especially as a cooperative effort,” said Tim Bourgeois, Executive Director of the Commission. “As the national behavioral health crisis evolves, the BHEP curriculum is designed to equip emergency first responders with the knowledge and ability to effectively recognize, respond and mitigate for those experiencing behavioral health issues. We thank both agencies for their ongoing dedication to promoting mental health and well-being – both for the community they serve and for their law enforcement officers and staff. We hope this recognition serves as a role model for other first responder agencies.”

*BHEP training was developed in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Service’s (DHHS) Mental Health Diversion Council, as well as state and national subject matter experts, as a compliment to Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. It is 20 hours in length, consisting of a 4-hour online prerequisite followed by two days of in-person classes that are co-instructed by specially trained law enforcement and mental health professionals.

1. Pre-Course Online Training: 4 hours of training consisting of a cognitive front load of knowledge and information related to behavioral health conditions, Michigan law, partnership and collaboration, jail diversion, etc.

2. Classroom Instruction: 8-hour instruction designed for adult centered learning specifically for first responder professions with a focus on bridging the gap between knowledge and on-the-job application.

3. Scenario Based Training: 8-hour scenarios conducted by live role-players and facilitated by first responders. Scenarios culminate in competency-based evaluation.