17th Crisis Intervention Training for local first responders concluded Friday

Date: January 14, 2019

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) graduating class, January 2019

Local police and other first responders concluded the 17th session of a specialized 40-hour crisis intervention training program on Friday, January 18.

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

 The training program topics include:

  *   recognizing and understanding specific signs and symptoms of mental illness;
  *   understanding how these effect various segments of the population;
  *   understanding the effects and side effects of some medications, and
  *   basic and advanced de-escalation techniques.

Attending this week's crisis intervention training are representatives from the Penn State University Police Department, State College Police Department, Patton Township Police Department, Centre County Sheriff's Office, Centre County Correctional Facility, Centre County Emergency Communications, Centre Life Link E.M.S., Universal Community Behavioral Health, and for the first time ever, the Pennsylvania State Police at Rockview.

Centre County CIT was awarded a grant in December of 2010 to help establish this nationally recognized program locally. The goal of CIT is to increase safety for all those involved and divert or lessen the impact of the criminal justice system for persons experiencing a behavioral, emotional, or medical crisis.

Since the program launched in Centre County in 2011, it has trained 321 first responders, law enforcement officers and other professionals.