The 2012 Round of CIT Training for Police
year for the last ten years, the Athens area CIT Committee, of which
NAMI is a part, has run a five-day Crisis Intervention Training program
for area law enforcement officers. Designed to teach SE Ohio officers to
recognize "offenders" in mental health crises and get them to help
rather than jail, our award-winning program had trained around 220
people as of last year’s course. This year, during the second week of
November, we trained another 30, bringing the grand total to nearly 250.
From the beginning, NAMI has had two roles in CIT Training:
the non-profit organization which handles the money contributed by
the 317 Board, NAMI Ohio, other sources, as well as NAMI Athens,
NAMI is in charge of organizing the consumer and family components
of the CIT experience. This component has always featured family and
consumer panels - the latter composed of individuals in recovery
from the major mental illnesses.
consumer panel featured individuals in sound recovery from borderline,
schizoaffective and bipolar disorders.
ongoing wars in the Middle East, for several years we have also had
personal consumer presentations on war-inflicted Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder. This year, our trainees also heard a very moving presentation by
a young soldier about his traumatic experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, his return to the US, his PTSD, and
his eventual treatment.
primordial purpose of the consumer and family input is to show the
police that mental illness effects good people and that the agitated and
confrontational “offenders” in a mental health crisis - about ten
percent of their calls - deserve their respect and compassion.
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