Officers from Fort Oglethorpe Police Department and other agencies are scheduled to attend Crisis Intervention Team training beginning July 19, 2021 and ending July 23, 2021. The training will be presented by the Georgia Public Safety and Training Center in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, and the Georgia Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
What is CIT Training?
Law enforcement officers who are trained in CIT can effectively assist individuals with mental illnesses and other brain disorders who are in crisis, therefore advancing public safety and reducing the stigma commonly associated with mental illness. One of our major goals is to train 20% of Georgia law enforcement officers in CIT within the next few years. To achieve our mission, we will focus on the following objectives:
- Ensure that people with mental illnesses and other brain disorders always receive treatment, in lieu of incarceration in most cases
- Increase the number of local governments with community-based jail diversion programs for adults and children with serious mental illnesses
- Improve the quality and quantity of mental health services
- Protect the rights of people with mental illnesses and other brain disorders
- Promote adequate training for criminal justice system personnel about mental illness, developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, and substance abuse.
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a dynamic collaboration of professionals committed to people with mental illnesses and other brain disorders. The program is successful because of its strong partnership of volunteers that include law enforcement and corrections officers, mental health professionals, advocates, consumers, and family members.