York Co. CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Training
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CIT is designed to provide officers with the skills necessary to safely de-escalate situations in which persons with mental illness are in crisis, and to provide resources so officers are aware of ways to divert persons in crisis from jails, into effective treatment.

9/19/2016 to 9/23/2016
When: 09/19/2016
8:00 AM
Where: Biddeford Police Department
39 Alfred Street
Biddeford, Maine  04005
United States
Contact: Matt Brown, CIT Training Director, NAMI Maine
(207) 622-5767 ext. 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.