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Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)

Crisis Intervention Training is a 5 day training program for law enforcement officers to learn how to respond safely and quickly to people with serious mental illness in crisis. Officers learn to recognize the signs of psychiatric distress and how to de-escalate a crisis, avoiding officer injuries, consumer deaths, and tragedy for the community, as well as linking people with appropriate treatment.

Officers are trained to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness, appropriate medications and side effects, use of verbal de-escalation, active listening skills, and police tactics for safe restraint and use of force techniques as well as a tour of mental health facilities and role playing.

The course is taught by NAMI SC’s Director of CIT Training, consumers and family members who share their personal experiences, and mental health professionals in the community.

If your agency is interested in hosting this free 5 day CIT Training Course please contact:

Donna Breimann    864-238-2564   fairplay95@gmail.com

Sherri Cloud    803-422-9223   sherri.cloud@aol.com

Michelle Ready    864-882-5131   michelle@namiaop.org

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