Penobscot/Piscataquis CIT Training
View Registrations Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend

40 hour basic CIT class designed for officers from Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties

9/12/2016 to 9/16/2016
When: 09/12/2016
8am to 5pm
Where: Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center- DDPI
656 State Street
Bangor, Maine  04402
United States
Presenter: Jenna Mehnert and William Baker
Contact: Matt Brown
(207) 622-5767 ext. 2319

Online registration is closed.
« Go to Upcoming Event List  

CIT training is a 40 hour block of comprehensive instruction designed to train law enforcement officers and other first responders to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness; to provide participants with the skills to de-escalate situations involving individuals in a mental health crisis, and to hopefully be able to divert the person to appropriate local treatment resources rather than arrest, when that is appropriate.


The main goals of CIT are to improve officer and consumer safety, and to redirect individuals with mental illness from the judicial system into the mental health treatment and support system.


The 40 hour training includes numerous blocks of instruction on many forms of mental illness; on psychotropic medications; on veteran issues; on suicide risk assessment, prevention and response; dementia and elder abuse issues; substance abuse, and autism and developmental disabilities.  Participants are connected to their local crisis response and treatment providers during a day of visits into the community, and they are introduced to individuals living with mental illness and their families. Lastly, participants learn critical de-escalation skills, and engage in scenario-based role play exercises.