Anna Maria College

Anna Maria College

Certificate in Mental Illness, Crime, and Justice


50 Sunset Lane

Paxton, MA 01612

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Mental Illness, Crime, and Justice

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Certificate in Mental Illness, Crime, and Justice is designed to provide criminal justice professionals, and mental health professionals who work with these vulnerable populations in jails, prisons, probation, and diversion programs, with the necessary knowledge and skills for understanding and dealing with people with mental disabilities and emotional difficulties involved the criminal justice system. This program will entice students to advance toward a criminal justice, psychology, MPA, or other masters-level programs.


Upon completion of the Mental Illness, Crime, and Justice certification program, students will have developed an understanding of the range of mental and emotional disorders, how they are expressed behaviorally, how to interact with mentally ill individuals in a manner that minimizes danger, the current response of the criminal justice system, and ways that the system can better serve those with mental disabilities and emotional difficulties and the communities in which we live


Suggested Backgrounds

  • Anna Maria College undergraduate and graduate students of Business, Public Administration, Security Studies, Criminal Justice, Law, Sociology, and Psychology; other interested students.
  • Undergraduate students from similar disciplines at other area colleges
  • Police and other law enforcement will be the primary target audience
  • Mental and behavioral health professionals
  • Advocates and social services professionals
  • Lawyers and paralegals who deal with civil rights, defense, employment, and related cases.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 0-999

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