Crisis Intervention Team

Crisis Intervention Team logoIn collaboration with local community agencies, our Crisis Intervention Team provides a 40-hour specialized training program to local first responders. This program is designed to educate and prepare first responders to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness in order to effectively respond to those experiencing a mental health crisis. Trained responders are equipped with the skills to de-escalate situations involving mental health emergencies, while balancing compassion for the individual and responder safety.

Training is a blend of classroom instruction, role plays modeled on real-life scenarios, interactions with individuals with mental health disorders, and a site visit to a residential substance use treatment facility.

Topics include:

  • Clinical states
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Brain injury
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use
  • Veterans’ mental health
  • Mental health in the elderly
  • Mental health stigma
  • Suicide prevention
  • Prisoner re-entry
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Basic crisis intervention skills
  • Verbal de-escalation
  • Emergency custody orders
  • Temporary detention orders
  • Civil commitment process
  • Community resources

If you are a law enforcement officer, emergency medical technician, or other first responder interested in learning more about crisis intervention training, please contact Kristi South ().

If you are having a mental or behavioral health crisis, please contact crisis services at 540-825-5656.