Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
CIT - A SHARED VISION
17 MPD OFFICERS AND DISPATCHERS TRAINED
Mental health care professionals, families of the mentally ill and law enforcement around the state have been collaborating for several years with a shared vision to use specialized training for police officers to safely deal with the ever increasing demand for services for those with mental illness. The program is known as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).
“Our goal with CIT is to save lives and to be more effective,” said Mayor Dennis Hanwell. “The program gives the officers and emergency responders the skills to recognize signs of mental illness, safely de-escalate a potential crisis situation, and make the proper referrals for service.”
The Medina Police Department currently has 17 officers and dispatchers trained and using the techniques learned at the CIT sessions.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training
CIT is a collaborative effort between law enforcement and the mental health community to help law enforcement officers and emergency responders handle incidents involving people with mental illness. CIT is a community-based collaboration between law enforcement, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the Medina County ADAMH Board, Alternative Paths, and mental health consumers. Officers and emergency personnel receive 4 days of training in mental illness, crisis intervention, de-escalation techniques and the local mental health system.
Attendees learn to integrate their police and emergency responder training with new skills and approaches to respond to a person they believe has a mental disorder or persons experiencing a psychiatric crisis.
The Medina County Sheriff’s Department, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the Medina County ADAMH Board, and Alternative Paths, Inc. sponsored the 2010 training.
Read more about CIT at http://www.alternativepaths.org/Services/Crisis_Intervention_Team_CIT_Training
Read more about NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) at http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=find_support
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