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WHAT IS CIT? The Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a collaboration of professionals committed to assisting persons with behavioral health disorders (mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and addictive disease).

The program is a forty-hour course curriculum approved by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as follows:

  1. Classroom instructional training involving various mental health topics that address mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases
  2. Site visits to local emergency receiving facilities and state psychiatric hospitals
  3. 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 at (478) 993-5425 / pstrode@gpstc.org or Angie Grogan at (478) 993-4384 / agrogan@gpstc.org.

A limited number of one or two day Introduction to Behavioral Health and Addictive Disease training classes are being scheduled for first responder and community partner organizations that may not have fully implemented a CIT program. For information, contact admincit@namiga.org.

RESOURCES

Schedule of Georgia CIT Courses

Georgia Public Safety Training Center

CIT International

NAMI.org CIT

 

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