23rd Police Crisis Intervention Team Class Graduates

  • 3/15/2019 1:00:59 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - In conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Richland County (NAMI) and the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, along with members of the Mansfield Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff's Office, saw the 23rd CIT class of law enforcement officers graduate on Friday.

The graduation took place at the Mansfield Playhouse, where each officer was presented their certificate by Joe Trolian, Executive Director of the Richland County Mental Health & Recovery Board, and Mary Kay Pierce, Executive Director of NAMI.

CIT stands for “Crisis Intervention Team” and refers to a collaborative effort between law enforcement and the mental health community to help law enforcement officers handle incidents involving persons suffering from mental illness. The program focuses on the need for advanced training and specialization with first responders, the immediacy of crisis response for those with mental illness, emphasis on officer and consumer safety, and referral for those in crisis to ensure proper mental health treatment instead of incarceration.

Developed in the late ’80s, CIT is built on an intensive 40-hour training curriculum using scenarios based on actual incidents. Other parts of the training included individual diagnosis, medications, de-escalation, civil legal and court processes, and perspectives from individuals with mental illness and their family members.

Richland County has trained over 492 law enforcement officers and first responders since 2004.

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