In 2007, the Rochester Police Department and the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department collaborated with the Olmsted County Behavioral Health Unit to provide the first Crisis Intervention Team certification training in Olmsted County.
Our training is based on the nationally recognized Memphis Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model, which promotes a more professional, effective and humane response by law enforcement officers to individuals with mental illness. Major topics of study include: recognition of mental illness, psychopharmacology, on-site visits to local mental health facilities and crisis de-escalation skills. An important aspect of the training is the involvement of each partner agency. Mental health professionals from area mental health facilities, representatives from NAMI, and mental health consumers are all involved in the training.
CIT training has been proven to dramatically reduce the risk of injury and/or death to both officers and consumers of mental health services, while reducing the number of repeat calls for service.
Currently, seventy CIT certified officers, deputies, detention deputies and sixteen dispatchers specialize in this area.
Click on any of the links below to learn more about the crisis intervention program.