Crisis Intervention Training
​Area law enforcement officers from Henderson Police Department, and Franklin, Granville and Vance County Sheriff’s Offices participated in more than 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training held in Granville County in September. The training also required major contributions from mental health services providers, consumers and Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions staff. CIT training is intended to result in more positive outcomes for people with mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and/or substance use conditions when they experience an encounter with law enforcement. 

CIT training provides first responders with the knowledge and skills they need to respond​ to people in crisis with support and referral to services. The training emphasizes treatment instead of arrest when possible. Training includes an overview of mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders; crisis intervention and routine services; veterans mental health; child/adolescent mental health; suicide intervention; homelessness and housing resources; dementia and issues affecting older adults; consumer/family testimonials; and visits to service providers’ sites. One of the highest-rated sessions was a consumer/family testimonial. One officer said: “Outstanding speaker. It was a pleasure to hear her insight on what it’s like to live with a mental disorder.”

If you or your family member needs the assistance of law enforcement in a mental health crisis, request a CIT officer. CIT officers may be able to link you with services which can prevent the necessity of an involuntary commitment. There have been a total of 178 law enforcement officers trained in Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Vance and Warren counties. 

CIT is a partnership of law enfo​rcement agencies, community colleges, service providers, consumers/family members, NAMI and other advocates, community partners and Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions.