Twelve law enforcement officers from seven different organizations completed the fall Crisis Intervention Team training that was sponsored by the Four County ADAMhs Board with assistance from NAMI Four County.
The purpose of the week-long training was to provide law enforcement and corrections officers who respond to crisis situations with basic mental health education to help them identify persons who may have a mental illness. The training also teaches participants effective strategies that they can use when dealing with a mentally ill person in a crisis situation.
The goal is to demonstrate techniques that can safely and successfully resolve crisis situations involving someone with a mental illness. Participants also learn why some techniques that they have been taught to use in volatile situations may actually escalate a crisis when dealing with someone who has a mental illness.
During the week, participants learned about the local mental health system and how persons with a mental illness receive treatment.
Seven CIT trainings have been offered over the last six years by the Four County ADAMhs Board and NAMI Four County. During that time, 102 officers from Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties have completed the training.