Crisis Intervention Team Training Graduates 22nd Class

  • 9/14/2018 2:39:09 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH - Dozens of law enforcement officers and first responders graduated from their Crisis Intervention Team Training on Friday, September 14th.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Richland County and the Richland County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board have educated over 473 law enforcement officers and first responders on Crisis Intervention since 2004. Each class completes 40 hours of training in one week, learning various skills and tactics to help individuals suffering from mental illness and their family members.

"We all come together to do this training to help first-time responders understand a little bit more about mental health issues," said NAMI Executive Director Mary Kay Pierce. "How they can identify them, how they can help people with mental health issues get safely to medical care, help them de-escalate if they need to, and get them safely to medical treatment."

The program was developed by NAMI in collaboration with community members living with mental illness, mental health and addiction experts, and law enforcement in the late 1980s. The training includes scenarios based on actual incidents, individual diagnoses, medications, and legal processes. This class, which is the 22nd to graduate the course, ended the week with a role-playing session at the Mansfield Playhouse where they could put what they learned into practice with actors.

Among those who graduated were officers and deputies from Shelby, Richland County, and Mansfield, as well as 911 dispatchers from Lexington and security officers from Aveda and OhioHealth.

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