Covered by Documenter Tucker Handley (notes)
More crisis intervention training for police
The number of Cleveland officers trained to respond to mental and behavioral health crises is increasing.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is part of a national program that brings together mental health agencies, advocacy organizations and law enforcement with the goal of improving police response to crisis calls stemming from mental health issues.
Survey says… trauma
Following a recent officer survey, next year’s CIT plans will focus on the effects of trauma. Carole Ballard from the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services of Cuyahoga County (ADAMHS) asked what officers need to know about trauma. The discussion raised questions about the effects of trauma on officers, how factors such as race and mental health contribute to trauma and second-hand trauma.
Rosie Palfy, community advocate and Cleveland Documenter, pointed out that experiences can be traumatic and not always related to a mental health diagnosis.
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Officers who have specialized Crisis Intervention Team training are responding to significantly more crisis calls than they were in 2020.
Proponents of a non-police care response program have formed a coalition – Care for CLE – to educate residents.