For immediate release: February 9, 2021
Twenty nine people from organizations across southwest Montana are taking part this week in Crisis Intervention Team Academy in Bozeman.
The purpose of the CIT Academy is to assist emergency responders, detention staff, dispatchers, and anyone who encounters people in crisis to engage, assess and assist those individuals experiencing crisis with mental and/or co-occurring substance disorders.
CIT is a 40-hour evidence based training that encompasses tools and skills participants need to better manage individuals presenting with mental health and/or co-occurring substance disorders. This training exposes the participants to materials and experiences from trained mental health and medical professionals to better prepare them to effectively and safely work with this unique population.
CIT Academy instruction includes:
- Suicide assessment, intervention and deescalation techniques
- Substance abuse and dual diagnosis
- Introduction to mental illness
- Psychotropic medications
- Legal issues
- Elderly and children’s issues
- Developmental disabilities
- Intervention strategies
- Scenario training
- Familiarization of local facilities
One of the largest benefits of the training is building a strong network of emergency responders, mental health providers and others to better help people in crisis get connected to the resources they need within the community.
Taking part in this week’s academy are staff from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the Montana Law Enforcement Academy, Belgrade Police Department, Manhattan Police Department, Bozeman Police Department, Western Montana Mental Health, Montana Highway Patrol, Park County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, and others.
The academy is hosted by CIT Montana and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office with support from communities across the state, such as Missoula and Lewis and Clark counties.
The academy began Monday and is taking place all week at the Gallatin County Regional Training Facility and is being facilitated by more than 10 CIT coordinators.
COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing, face coverings, hand sanitizer and frequent disinfection of surfaces are being practiced for the entirety of the academy.
MEDIA: to arrange a time to attend the academy this week, contact Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator, at 406-595-8963. Friday’s schedule includes scenario training, which makes for the most dynamic photo/video/sound opportunities for reporters.
Academy location: Gallatin County Regional Training Facility – 93 Laura Louise Ln., near the intersection of Jackrabbit and Baxter lanes.