Tracy Small honored for her leadership of the Crisis Intervention Training program

Date: January 15, 2018

On Friday, January 12, 2018, local police and other first responders concluded the 15th session of a specialized 40-hour crisis intervention training program.

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a partnership that includes police, emergency medical services (EMS), emergency communications, mental health agencies, advocates, and correctional facilities. This partnership provides a law enforcement-based crisis invention and de-escalation response to situations involving persons in crisis.

The Centre County CIT Program honored its coordinator, Tracy Small, with an outstanding leadership award. Under her leadership, Centre County Crisis Intervention has trained 299 first responders, law enforcement officers and other professionals. This achievement makes Centre County a leader in CIT graduates throughout the country. Centre County has been recognized nationally at several recent national conventions.

Presenting the leadership award to Small, Sergeant Ryan Hendrick said, “Small’s efforts have made Centre County a safer place not only for those with mental health issues, but by those in the emergency services field who respond to calls involving mental health.”  Hendrick thanked Small for her leadership to date and moving forward.