Advanced CIT De-escalation Refresher
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Advanced CIT De-escalation Refresher

This is a 4 hour advanced CIT refresher class. REQUIREMENT: all attending must have already completed the 40 hr. basic CIT class previously

When: March 21, 2019
12:30 - 4:30 pm
Where: Mayo Hospital Conference Room
897 West Main St
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine  04426
United States
Contact: Cecilia Natale

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Topics will include: Bureau of Justice approved de-escalation curriculum with a certified instructor.


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.

CIT advanced refresher classes are typically 4-8 hr. blocks including special topics and reviews of important topics, such as suicide prevention/response, substance use disorder, autism, childhood mental illness and veteran's issues.