Crisis Response Team Training (CIT), will be offered at the HCSO Patrol Headquarters December 8-12, 2014 – 40 Hrs
Training is free
Class Size: 30 students
Mental Health America provides training programs for first responders focused on safe and effective interaction with persons who are mentally ill or in a crisis. “Memphis Model” also known as CIT (Crisis Intervention Team), and a model created by the City of Cincinnati known as MHRT (Mental Health Response Team). The Hamilton County CIT team has experienced great success and is recognized as a leader in emergency response to mental illness in the state of Ohio. The team is focused on continuous improvement and serving citizens through caring, efficient, and effective response.
Generally 10% of police calls will involve someone with a mental illness. The safety of law enforcement and other professionals, persons with mental illness, and citizens can be compromised when officers are not adequately prepared to respond to such calls. The goal of CIT is to promote safety by:
1. Educating law enforcement, corrections, support services, court services and EMD on mental illnesses
2. Having officers learn about the characteristics associated with untreated mental illnesses and practice skills designed to deescalate certain behaviors
According to the Bureau of Statistics, approximately 54% of the population in state prisons, federal persons, and local jails are mentally ill individuals. On average, about 25% of those individuals receive any kind of treatment. Additionally, criminal justice professionals do not receive adequate special populations training in order to keep individuals on target with community treatment and out of the criminal justice system. As a proactive program, MHA works to create “win-win” solutions for all persons involved.
CIT is not just for police officers but also beneficial for all other types of first responders. We know that CIT increases safety for the first responder, the individual they are responding to, and the surrounding community.
Please contact Captain Earl Price via email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to reserve your seat for this rewarding class. You will be notified about the starting time for this class upon confirmation.
Lisa Monast, MA, MA, LPC-CR– Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator
Elizabeth Atwell, LSW – Executive Director
Please visit the web at www.mhankyswoh.org