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Crisis Intervention Team education comes to Gorge


October 30, 2019

Law enforcement professionals from Klickitat, Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam, and Sherman counties have been invited to a weeklong training focusing on the field of law enforcement and its role in communities regarding mental health, substance use disorders, and aging.

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training will be hosted by Mid-Columbia Center for Living (MCCFL) taking place Nov. 4 through Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at MCCFL in The Dalles. MCCFL will coordinate the training with support of the Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration.

“The information, tools and resources we present are designed to enhance first responder response and reduce the overall risk of injury or life,” said Eilene Flory, Criminal Justice/Behavioral Health CIT Coordinator at the Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration.

The 40-hour, class-style training will cover various topics related to law enforcement’s engagement with vulnerable populations.

CIT is a model for community responses to helping people with mental illness. CIT programs bring stakeholders together from the law enforcement, behavioral health and advocacy sectors, along with people with lived experience with mental illness, to develop solutions for safely redirecting people in crisis away from the judicial system and into the health care system whenever appropriate.

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