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Introduction to Behavioral Health and Addictive Diseases

First Responders, Clergy, Hospital Personnel, Security Officers, and other Community Partners are invited to attend an Introduction to Behavioral Health and Addictive Diseases one or two-day training programClass instruction will include:

  • Introduction to Behavioral Health and Addictive Diseases
  • Mental Health Law
  • Overview of Community Resources
  • Living in Recovery – An inside look at Recovery with Mental Illness
  • Family Perspective
  • Suicide Risk Assessment (QPR-Training)
  • Assisting Veterans In Crisis
  • An Introduction to the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program
  • Principles of De-Escalation
  • First Responder Self-Care
  • Practical Exercises

Those who successfully complete the course will have a better understanding of mental illness and developmental disabilities such as autism and addictive diseases. They will also be able to identify available community resources, have an overview of national and state mental health laws, and understand basic principles of de-escalation. P.O.S.T. credit IS approved for both the 8-hour and 16-hour classes. For more information, contact

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Youth-In-Crisis Training

NAMI Georgia Youth In Crisis is a 20-hour training program developed for law enforcement, educators, mental health providers, counselors, faith leaders, and other community members who interact with youth.

The training was developed to provide information to trusted adults helping them identify youth who are in crisis. Class participants will gain knowledge of effective tools enabling them to assist and support youth and their caregivers. Contact for more information. Apply today to be an instructor!

Topics Include:

  • Systems Serving Youth
  • Crisis intervention, de-escalation, and
    communication techniques appropriate for yout
  • Most common emotional disorders and
    circumstances experienced by youth that
    can lead to crisis
  • Working with families
  • Community resources for youth and families
  • Cyber Bullying
  • GLBTQ Youth
  • IDEA, IEP, and 504 Plans
  • Adolescent Development
  • Psychiatric Disorders and Treatment
  • Suicidal and Non-Suicidal Self Injury
  • Autism and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Adolescent development and behaviors
  • Legal Issues


Crisis Intervention Team

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 / or Angie Grogan at (478) 993-4384 /

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Schedule of Georgia CIT Courses

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