A 40-hour training program for professionals who have encounters with mentally ill people will be held May 16 through 20 at Haywood Community College.
CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) specializes in teaching the best methods to defuse and stabilize encounters with mentally ill persons. This program is designed for law enforcement officers and emergency personnel. Officers from local hospitals and universities are also eligible for the training.
CIT is a pre-booking jail diversion program designed to improve the outcomes of police interactions with people with mental illnesses and brain disorders.