Crisis intervention team training offered

CLARION Crisis intervention team trainings are being offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4 at Clarion Psychiatric Center located at 2 Hospital Drive in Clarion.

What is CIT?

A CIT or crisis intervention team is an innovative program of police-based crisis intervention involving community health care and advocacy partnerships based on a nationally recognized model developed by the Memphis, Tenn., police department.

Under this model, police officers receive extensive training provided by community mental health professionals, family and consumer advocates and experts in related fields in responding to citizens experiencing a behavioral crisis.

These trainings promote police officer safety, arrests and use of force decrease, create a best practice of response to individuals in crisis and educate first responders of the county's services and accessibility.

CIT helps to enable citizens, police, county crisis teams, the behavioral health system and the criminal justice system to work together effectively to promote more appropriate response to individuals with mental illness who become involved in the criminal justice system.

Law enforcement and first responders are encouraged to attend.

Trainees must attend all five sessions to receive their CIT certificate.

This training is free.

Reserve your seat now because space is limited to the first 20 slots.

To register for this event email Val Snyder at vsnyder@ccrinfo.org or call (814) 226-1080.

This event is sponsored by Clarion Psychiatric Center and Center for Community Resources.