by Comprehensive Staff
(October 7, 2019 - Yakima, WA) - Comprehensive Healthcare is facilitating a certified 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for full-time, general authority Washington police officers in collaboration with the Moxee Police Department, the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (CJTC), and the Yakima County CIT Planning Committee. Approximately 30 officers representing local law enforcement agencies throughout Yakima County will begin CIT training on October 7 at the Moxee Police Department.
CIT training provides patrol officers with valuable training for recognizing and responding to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Crisis intervention training has proven to be an effective tool used to increase officer and consumer safety by reducing Use of Force, and providing diversion options from the criminal justice system. An additional objective of this training is to provide law enforcement with knowledge of community resources in order to connect consumers and their families with local healthcare or social support services.
The training schedule has been strategically designed to maximize efficiencies in adult learning techniques, attendee engagement, curriculum retention and presenter time management and commitment. There will be 40 individual presenters who represent local healthcare and social service agencies such as case managers, mental health professionals, law enforcement, legal counsel, crisis response professionals and more. Presenters will provide valuable information and facilitate mock scenes and exercises related to the core components of CIT training, including:
-Signs and symptoms of mental illness commonly encountered by law enforcement
-Crisis intervention techniques for common behavioral health and substance use disorder
-Older adults in crisis
-Developmental and intellectual disabilities
-Interactions with community members with a mental health diagnosis
-Commonly prescribed psychotropic medications
-Officer Wellness and Self-Care
For more information about this training, contact Morgan Grant, Law Enforcement Liaison for Comprehensive Healthcare at (509) 574-5065.