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Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
CIT is a collaborative effort between law enforcement and the mental health community to help law enforcement officers and emergency responders handle incidents involving people with mental illness. CIT is a community-based collaboration between law enforcement, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the Medina County ADAMH Board, Alternative Paths, and mental health consumers. Officers and emergency personnel receive 4 days of training in mental illness, crisis intervention, de-escalation techniques and the local mental health system. The Medina Police Department enhanced our participation to the CIT program by assigning a Mental Health Liason Officer in 2020. The assigned officer is responsible for coordination of mental health referrals and is the police department point of contact for Alternative Paths.
Attendees learn to integrate their police and emergency responder training with new skills and approaches to respond to a person they believe has a mental disorder or persons experiencing a psychiatric crisis.
The Medina Police Department has comitted to CIT certification for all police officers and communications officers.
Read more about CIT at http://www.alternativepaths.org/Services/Crisis_Intervention_Team_CIT_Training
Read more about NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) at http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=find_support