Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) programs are designed to educate and prepare police officers who come into contact with people with severe neurobiological brain disorders to recognize the signs and symptoms of these illnesses, and to respond effectively and appropriately to people who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis. Because police officers are often the first responders in these incidents, it is essential that they know how critical periods of neurobiological brain disorders alter behaviors and perceptions, can assess what is needed in the moment, and can bring understanding and compassion when they are handling these difficult situations.
CIT provides them with the skills to make a safer intervention for themselves, for the person in a crisis, for the person’s family and for the community. A key feature of the training teaches police officers effective methods of de-escalating the crisis situation and “reaching” the person in crisis. This approach allows consumers in distress to participate in the decisions about their treatment and facilitates consensus about the immediate safe course to follow. If you are in crisis with a loved one who has a mental illness and need to call 911, you can request a CIT trained officer.To view more information on CIT programs and program contacts, view the CIT page on the NAMI Illinois web site.
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