NAMI P.D. Connect

Our Community Education Department is pleased to offer NAMI P.D. Connect. Through education we can reduce stigma, provide resources and inform the public that recovery is possible. NAMI P.D. Connect was created a little over a year ago, and since then has achieved tremendous success in educating police officers about more effective strategies for handling mental health calls. We know that these calls can be very frustrating and often times it may seem as if there are very little options as to what can be done. NAMI P.D. Connect aims to fill in some of those gaps and uncertainties, empowering officers to feel more certain and assured when responding to mental health calls. Out of the officers that have already participated in NAMI P.D. Connect, 95 percent of them have agreed that they have increased skills and tools to deal appropriately with a mental health crisis.

Our NAMI P.D. Connect Program offers a variety of presentation options for First Responders and Security Staff in DuPage County. Through 8-hour, 4-hour, or other length trainings- we provide an overview of what mental illness is and how to best interact with or approach someone who is exhibiting symptoms of a mental illness during a call.

“I will remember the speakers’ personal stories and how I became emotionally attached to them.
Understanding what they went through and the obstacles they had to overcome.”

– NAMI P.D Connect Participant

“The most impactful part of the presentation was how honest and real their stories were, so impressing.”

– NAMI P.D Connect Participant

NAMI P.D. Connect is lead by our main speaker Mike Hoffman. The full NAMI P.D. Connect training is 8 hours long and incorporates other guest speakers including: two individuals or family members sharing their stories, a MICAP Representative, and a State’s Attorney representative to discuss the Mental Health Code. Though the presentation is largely lecture based, the training is also meant to be interactive, incorporating many example scenarios and other activities. Participants will receive a certificate for completing the training.

About the Main Presenter: Mike Hoffman

Our NAMI P.D. Connect main presenter Mike Hoffman is a recently retired social worker from the Naperville Police Department where he worked for 30 years. During his time working at the police department, Mike’s main duties and daily tasks revolved around crisis intervention. He would handle hundreds of crisis calls and engage in ongoing follow up to a variety of casework including: Domestic Violence, Mental Health, family conflict, drug and alcohol, and youth and senior specific issues. Mike thoroughly enjoys sharing with participants how his 30 years of experience has given him great insight to various strategies, options, and resources which can be implemented in all types of crisis situations. Mike believes whole-heartedly that “training and education to first responders is essential and helpful to reduce stress and create more options and enhanced response to very challenging situations.”

Presenters from our Speaker’s Bureau also present their personal recovery stories living with mental illness, or being a friend or family of someone with a mental illness.

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Please request a presentation at least 60 days prior to the desired presentation date(s).

Pricing for NAMI P.D. CONNECT Presentation
Note: Each 4 hour or 8 hour training includes a resource tear off pad for each of the participants.
Presentation Type Number of Speakers Charge
1 hour or less Main Presenter $125
4 Hour 1 Speaker + Main Presenter $250
8 Hour 2 Speakers + Main Presenter $500
*For requests of presentations of any unlisted length- please call the office for a pricing.

*All presentation pricing estimations are based on a group 25 participants or less. A training for a group larger than 25 people will include a fee of $10 per additional person over 25.


For more information contact:
Audrey Burris at