Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT) - Kennebec County
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CIT is an international training program, delivered for 40 hours over 5 consecutive days. It is designed for law enforcement and other first responders, to: teach participants how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness; provide skills to safely de escalate a person living with mental illness who is experiencing a crisis; and to connect the participants with local crisis and mental health resources so persons can be effectively diverted to appropriate treatment rather than jail.

1/25/2016 to 1/29/2016
When: 1/25/2016
8:00 AM
Where: Waterville Police Department
10 Colby Street
Waterville, Maine  04901
United States
Presenter: NAMI, Crisis and Counseling and others
Contact: Matt Brown, CIT Coordinator NAMI-ME
(207) 622-5767 x 2319

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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.