Crisis Intervention Team
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is a dynamic collaboration of professionals committed to people with mental illness and other brain disorders. The CIT program is presented by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in collaboration with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Mental Health, Development Disabilities, Addictive Diseases, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, and Georgia Sheriff’s Association, Inc.
Law enforcement officers who are trained in CIT can effectively assist individuals with mental illness and other brain disorders who are in crisis, therefore advancing public safety and reducing the stigma commonly associated with mental illness. The training will also ensure that people with mental illnesses and other brain disorders always receive treatment, in lieu of incarceration in most cases.
The program is a forty-hour course curriculum approved by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as follows:
- Classroom instructional training involving various mental health topics that address mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases
- Site visits to local emergency receiving facilities and state psychiatric hospitals
- Performance-based training involving the development of de-escalation techniques and crisis intervention skills via role-play scenarios
Law enforcement officers who successfully complete the course are equipped with the skills necessary to safely and effectively respond to individuals with mental health needs and in crisis.
For further information, please contact Pat Strode by telephone (770) 234-0855 or via email at [email protected] Law enforcement may contact Debbie Shaw with the GBI/GPSTC at (478) 993-4600 or at [email protected] . We thank everyone for their commitment, and look forward to hearing from you.