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Utah’s Mental Health Crisis Intervention Training Is National Model for Patrol and Detention
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By Brandee Casias, Detective, Salt Lake County Police Department, Salt Lake City, Utah

Crisis Intervention Teams and crisis intervention training (CIT) have become a best practice in how patrol officers interact with mentally ill individuals. CIT skills and knowledge often make it possible for first responders to connect mentally ill persons with community care so they aren’t admitted to jail.

The same knowledge and interpersonal skills can be beneficial in the detention environment. This article describes the State of Utah’s approach to delivering CIT training to patrol and corrections officers via regional partnerships of law enforcement and mental health agencies. CIT Utah introduced its CIT Academy for correction officers in 2007. To date, 25 corrections academies have been held, and 650 sworn and non-sworn personnel have been trained.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is the administering agency for the CIT Utah program and is one of six national learning sites for specialized police response in a program coordinated by the Council of State Governments.

 




Posted Fri, Sep 12 2014 3:14 PM by Elizabeth

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