The AMHT-SRO, developed by the NCMHJJ and based on the best available research and practice, is intended to help school resource officers develop the critical skills and capacity for appropriately responding to the many predictable behavior issues that are typically observed among adolescents with mental health problems. The AMHT-SRO provides research-based instruction on the following topics:

  • Important adolescent development concepts
  • Mental health conditions common among youth and treatment options for those conditions
  • Crisis intervention, de-escalation, and communication techniques for school resource officers
  • Strategies for applying these intervention techniques in a school setting
  • Enhancing the role of school resource officers on campus
  • Working with families
  • Legal issues affecting police interaction with youth at school
  • School and community resource options available for youth in need of services