Press Release – For Immediate Release – 2-16-12
Follow-up contact: Sheriff Brian Gootkin 582-2125
This week First Responders from 14 agencies and nursing students are learning special skills and resources available to help persons with mental health illness.
The training is called CIT or Crisis Intervention Training and is a partnership with first responders, Detention Officers, 911 operators and mental health care providers.
Sheriff Gootkin states that this program has been in place for over 4 years now and has proven to be very effective. The training not only makes contacts with persons in mental health crisis safer for responders but much safer for the person with the mental illness.
The 40-hour training consists of lectures on mental illness, legal information, pharmacology information, communication skills, community resources, a field trip to the State Hospital and practical exercises. The training culminates with role playing scenarios Friday that are designed to test the skills and information gained through the week. It is being held a the Gallatin County Coordination Center and wraps up Friday afternoon.