Thirty-five law enforcement officers and mental health service providers from agencies across the county are participating in a four-day Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to learn strategies to better respond to people experiencing mental health crises.
The Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) has been collaborating with law enforcement agencies and other community organizations to hold the state-certified CIT trainings since 2007. CIT gives law enforcement officers and administrators tools to identify major mental health disorders and other disabilities when working in the field. These tools can help to de-escalate a crisis and divert those suffering from mental health challenges away from the criminal justice system and into treatment.
Law enforcement professionals, service providers and nationally recognized experts are leading this week’s training.