The Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC), the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), and the Georgia chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) are pleased to announce the expansion of the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program©. In September 2016, Governor Nathan Deal initiated additional training for law enforcement which included the CIT Program.
This expansion will increase the number of training opportunities law enforcement will receive regarding the various types of mental illnesses, addictive diseases, and other disorders including Autism and Alzheimer’s disease.
The GPSTC, DBHDD, NAMI, and other mental health advocates are collaborating to provide this training to law enforcement statewide. This collaboration speaks highly to the commitment these agencies have in serving and protecting all citizens of Georgia.
It is the belief of these agencies, that joining efforts in this common cause will not only help those who may be in a mental health crisis, but to also provide the best service to the communities. The GPSTC and DBHDD’s goal is to provide approximately 200 CIT classes statewide in a given year. This expansion will allow more law enforcement agencies and officers to have an opportunity to receive this critical training.
The GPSTC CIT Section’s main office will be located at the GPSTC campus in Forsyth. The CIT Section will employ ten POST Certified law enforcement officers with extensive CIT backgrounds, who will be traveling statewide to deliver the program. These Instructors will collaborate with local law enforcement agencies, local behavioral healthcare providers, and mental health advocates to teach CIT in local Georgia communities.
Law enforcement agencies that are interested in receiving this training or need further information on the program can contact Angie Grogan, CIT Program Secretary, at [email protected].
Check out the 2017 CIT Course Calendar!