Crisis Intervention Team Training
Number: 367
MemberFee: No Fee
Contact: 309-268-8430 or mtu8training@heartland.edu
Objectives: This 40-hour program is designed to provide selected officers with specialized training on dealing with individuals in the community who have a mental illness or other behavioral disability. CIT officers are trained as resource specialists who can provide immediate response to calls involving a mental health crisis. The "team" concept refers to law enforcement involvement with stakeholder agencies, as well as interagency mutual assistance when appropriate.

During the week, students will participate in a variety of valuable exercises that will simulate auditory and 3-D visual hallucinations that individuals with a mental illness might experience. The program will also provide officers with a unique opportunity to interact with individuals who have a mental illness and their family members (primary and secondary consumers).

An essential part of the CIT course is scenario-based skills training. Officers are challenged with realistic scenarios portrayed by professional actors from Chicago and St. Louis. Scenarios may include a suicide intervention, de-escalating a violent situation, or responding to a call involving an individual experiencing paranoia. All scenarios are facilitated and evaluated by certified CIT officers.

Topics include:

• Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness
• Medical Conditions That Mimic Mental Illness
• Compliant Surrender and Tactical Response
• Child and Adolescent Disorders
• Autism / Mental Retardation • Risk Assessment and Legal Issues
• Substance Abuse • Psychotropic Medications
• Geriatric Issues and Considerations
• Police Response to Suspected Excited Delirium

This course is State-Certified.

This program is funded through a grant from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

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