Montgomery County Sheriffs Receive CIT Training

Mar 10

Cecie and I attended a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training session this afternoon and were pleased to see┬áthat four officers in the Montgomery County Sheriff’s department were receiving┬áthe training. Forty-eight law enforcement officers registered for the training, and 45 were in attendance.

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NAMI Indiana: Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit

Mar 31

I recently attended the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Indiana’s Criminal Justice Summit in Indianapolis, IN. The morning’s keynote speaker was Major Sam Cochran (ret.), who is nationally known for his work in developing the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model in Memphis, TN.

Cochran’s message was clear: CIT is not just a law enforcement program; CIT is a community program and should be recognized as a community priority. It should involve not only law enforcement officers and dispatchers, but also prosecutors, judges, emergency room personnel, physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, therapists, the community mental health center, and other community resource centers.

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Crawfordsville Police Officers Take CIT Training

Mar 10

Last week, Cecie and I had the opportunity to speak at the Lafayette Police Training Center to officers who were taking Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. We were pleased to see that two officers from the Crawfordsville Police Department, Tony Bowen and Sargent Jeff Line, were receiving the training. NAMI-WCI provides the training. Approximately 35 law enforcement officers were present.

On Monday, I served on the family members panel. On Wednesday, Cecie served on the consumers panel. We both talked about our experiences with law enforcement, explaining what we think they did right and what they could have done better when dealing with incidents involving mental illness.

During the consumers panel, a couple tips were mentioned that could be useful for consumers and family members.

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