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Youth In Crisis Train-the-Trainer Class

December 17, 2019

Youth In Crisis, Train the Trainer Feb 18-20, 2020 Savannah, GA Submit an Application Learn to train others to lead classes for law enforcement and mental health professionals who wish to become CIT teachers. Georgia Youth in Crisis trains on response techniques that are appropriate for youth with mental health conditions. This supplemental training course more »

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Governor Deal Recognizes NAMI Georgia and Announces Enhancement and Expansion of Georgia CIT

September 10, 2016

In a public event on Thursday, Governor Nathan Deal recognized NAMI Georgia and Georgia CIT  and announced a law enforcement reform package that includes a multi-phase overhaul of officer training and certification courses. Section 2 of the reform package includes enhanced resources for Georgia CIT and a provision that will increase availability of the training to law enforcement more »

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CIT “Walks the Walk” Press Conference

September 9, 2016

Brookhaven Police Department and Chief of Police and NAMI Georgia Board Member Gary Yandura hosted a CIT “Walks the Walk” press conference on September 2 to officially announce the new partnership between law enforcement and NAMIWalks Georgia. NAMI Georgia, DBHDD, GBI and law enforcement from across Georgia were in attendance. Thank you to Reis Birdwhistell more »

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Join CIT “Walks the Walk”

September 7, 2016

NAMI Georgia is proud of our relationships with police departments and law enforcement from across the state through the work of our Georgia CIT Program. To highlight and promote the importance of our collaboration, we are encouraging agencies throughout Georgia to register for NAMIWalks Georgia and create their own CIT “Walks the Walk” Team. This more »

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CIT In Action – Henry County Police Officer Khiry Thomas

September 1, 2016

Officer Thomas was scheduled to work the Saturday after the October 2015 CIT class. That Saturday was Halloween and Officer Thomas was patrolling the area of an apartment complex. At one point several people called for Officer Thomas to check on a disturbance at one of the buildings in the complex. When he arrived he more »

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Life After CIT – Trudy Boyce

Trudy Boyce spent more than 30 years with the Atlanta Police Department. The last five years of her career, Lt. Boyce supervised the Atlanta HOPE Team. She was also one of the pioneers of the Georgia CIT program, traveling to Memphis, TN in 2004 with other future Georgia CIT partners, and then hosting the first more »

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Fallen CIT Heroes

Georgia CIT Community mourns the loss and honors the lives of three CIT Officers, Deputy Jonathan Casey Lyle of Floyd County Sheriffs Office, Lt. Jeff Whitfield of University of Georgia Police Department, and Lt. Jeff Olson of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

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In Memoriam – CIT Officer Jeff Olson

June 3, 2016

NAMI Georgia mourns the loss of Lieutenant Jeff Olson, a Georgia CIT officer and leader. Lt. Olson served as the Hostage Negotiation Team commander for the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. He made a real difference in the lives of many people, and we will miss him greatly. We give thanks for the years of devoted service he offered to the more »

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May The Skunk Whisperer Be With You

May 7, 2016

You may have heard of the joint NAMI Georgia/GBI Crisis Intervention Training program, but do you know what it is all about? The story below, shared from the national NAMI website, is told by a trainer in Maine who explains CIT with a dose of humor. “A few months ago, I was invited to speak as part of a NAMI educational session to more »

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