wytheville virginia, crisis counselor jobs, youth counseling services, case worker job, grayson house, carrol house, wythe house, the friendship house, cornerstone marion, crisis intervention programs, adult case management, wythe, grayson, carroll county
wythe, bland county, community extended care, mental retardation housing, va, mt rogers, mount rogers, community services board, community services board jobs, mt rogers csb, mount rogers csb, mount rogers mental health, community substance abuse services, substance use intervention Mount Rogers Community Services Board Website Home Page About Mount Rogers Community Services Board in Virginia Mount Rogers CSB Mental Health Services Employment Opportunities in Mental Health Services in VA Mount Rogers Community Services Board News Comments for Mt. Rogers CSB VA Helpful Links for Mental Health Services in Virginia Helpful Information for VA Mental Health Services
mt rogers, community services board, mount rogers, early intervention services, wythe county, carroll county, respite services, community counseling services, carroll house, substance abuse education, community counseling services, grayson county va, grayson, carroll, wythe, mental health case management, youth mentoring programs
Home > Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Print E-mail

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

What is CIT?

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) law enforcement training model was established in Memphis, Tennessee in 1987 following an incident where an individual with a mental health disorder and substance abuse history was fatally shot during police response to a crisis situation. As a result of public outcry for alternative ways of intervening when responding to situations involving persons with mental illness, the Memphis Police Department joined in partnership with the Memphis Chapter of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill, mental health providers and two local universities. These groups worked together to develop and organize a specialized training and support model for law enforcement to ensure a safe and compassionate response to mental health crises. Since then, hundreds of police departments in the United States and across the world have participated in training their officers in the Crisis Intervention Team Model.

Are the Trainings only available for Law Enforcement?

No. Mount Rogers provides trainings for area Dispatchers as well. Realistically, CIT training will benefit anyone who is a first responder in potentially emergent situations, such as other health and human service workers, Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Ambulance and Rescue Squad personnel, Fire Departments, Emergency Room staff, etc.

CIT - What Happened at Mount Rogers?

Part of the mission of Mount Rogers Community Services Board is a dedication to improving the quality of life for people with mental, physical and substance use intervention needs. How better to segue the mission statement than to seek involvement with Crisis Intervention Team training. Early in 2006, when Requests for Funding Proposals were identified, several Emergency Services staff worked diligently to identify and propose how law enforcement in the rural communities served by the Board could be assisted by training as they respond to consumers in crisis.

In July 2006, through grant funding provided by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), Mount Rogers Community Services Board launched Crisis Intervention Team services for law enforcement in the counties of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Wythe and the City of Galax. A Steering Committee was developed, including representatives from law enforcement, Mount Rogers' staff, community service providers and mental health consumers, to establish guidelines for CIT in the rural communities served by Mount Rogers. Several Steering Committee members and law enforcement personnel completed various trainings held by New River Valley CIT professionals. In September 2006, Steering Committee members and law enforcement representatives attended the National CIT Conference held in Orlando, FL. In March 2007, Mount Rogers provided their 2.5-hour training on Crisis Intervention Team for 100% of the E-911 dispatchers for the city of Galax and the Twin Counties. In May and June 2007, Mount Rogers hosted two separate 40-hour trainings for law enforcement, bringing the total number of trained officers in the catchment area to thirty-six.

With continuation of DCJS grant funding, in August 2007, Steering Committee representatives and law enforcement personnel traveled to Memphis, TN for the annual CIT National Conference. In September 2007, Mount Rogers hired a fulltime CIT Coordinator.

In October 2007, a 2.5-hour training occurred for 100% of the Wythe County Sheriff Office's dispatchers and the third CIT law enforcement training was held. Fourteen officers were trained, including two officers from the Virginia State Police Area 24, thus bringing the total number of Mount Rogers-trained CIT officers to fifty. In December 2007, 100% of the Bland County Sheriff's Office dispatchers participated in training and in February 2008, 100% of the Grayson County dispatchers were trained. In March, 100% of dispatchers and several members of the Fire Department in the Wytheville Public Safety Department participated in the training and 100% of Carroll County Sheriff's Office dispatchers and the Administrative Assistant from Hillsville Police Department completed the training in April and May. At the beginning of June 2008, 100% of dispatchers from Smyth County Sheriff's Office, including the retiring Coordinator, were trained. By the end of the June 30 fiscal year, 100% of all dispatchers in the Mount Rogers CIT program were CIT trained.

In April 2007, the fourth CIT training for officers was held. Fourteen officers completed the training, including two from Virginia State Police Area 24, with the total number trained to sixty-four. A Train the Trainer class was launched in June and eight new CIT faculty members joined the core group.

In August 2008, the first CIT Recognition event was hosted by the Mount Rogers' program. Appreciation plaques were presented to each law enforcement department and Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute. Bryan Bard, Deputy for Wythe County Sheriff's Office was named CIT Officer of the Year.

In September 2008, a CIT training was provided for fifteen officers, with three Virginia State Police attending, from Areas 24 and 25. In October, five officers, and three Steering Committee members traveled to Atlanta, GA for the National CIT Conference.

In late October 2008, the Crisis Intervention Team of Mount Rogers was invited to participate in the strategic planning committee for implementing a statewide CIT Coalition; Mount Rogers was also able to send representatives to the first Coalition meeting.

In 2009, the collaboration between the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has resulted in organizing a statewide CIT Coalition. The Coalition (VACIT) has a website at www.vacitcoalition.org

Resource cards were revised and distributed to officers throughout the service areas.

What Does the Officers' Training Entail?

During the 40-hour training, officers learn about various disabling conditions and available services for mental health consumers. One day, officers travel to visit a variety of public and private mental health facilities in the region where they interact with consumers who share their experiences about pre-CIT law enforcement intervention while in crises. Throughout the week, valuable information about specific obstacles that people with mental illness must overcome or live with on a day-to-day basis is provided.

Role playing is an integral part of the training, allowing officers the opportunity to practice techniques they have learned regarding CIT de-escalation. Mount Rogers' staff and Steering Committee members, in portrayal of real-life examples of mental health consumers in crises, provide the backdrop for officers' active role play involvement.

Officers participate in a graduation exercise, where they receive a certificate of completion and a pin to be worn on their uniforms identifying them to their community as Crisis Intervention Team trained officers. Forty in-service credit hours, approved by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, are awarded to each officer; this includes Career Development (34 hours), Legal (4 hours) and Cultural Diversity (2 hours).

What do the Dispatchers Learn?

During the 4-hour training, dispatchers are provided information on Crisis Intervention Team history and concepts. An overview of various mental illnesses is provided, as well as available service resources and medication information. Dispatchers participate in an audio exercise called "Hearing Voices" which provides some insight to auditory hallucinations experienced by some callers in crisis. Role playing is also integral to this training, giving the dispatchers practice for interacting with mentally ill consumers via telephone.

Upon completion of the training, the dispatchers are provided with a Certificate of Completion.










About Us | Contact Us | Employment Opportunities | Services
News | Comments | Links | Privacy Policy | Home | Search

© 2011 - 2019 - Mount Rogers Community Services Board
770 West Ridge Road • Wytheville, VA 24382
Email Address: info@mrcsb.state.va.usPhone: 276-223-3200
Website Designed and Hosted by Professional Networks, Inc.