The Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a dynamic
collaboration of professionals committed to ensuring that persons with
mental illnesses and other brain disorders receive treatment, in lieu
of incarceration in most cases.
The program includes a law
enforcement training component delivered via a forty-hour course
curriculum approved by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and
Training Council as follows:
Classroom instructional training involving various mental health
topics that address mental illnesses, developmental disabilities,
and addictive diseases
Site visits to local emergency receiving facilities and state
Performance-based training involving the development of
de-escalation techniques and crisis intervention skills via
enforcement officers who successfully complete the course are equipped
with the skills necessary to safely and effectively respond to
individuals with mental health needs and in crisis.
Program wins the 2008 IACP Civil Rights Award
From left, Vernon Keenan, Dir of the
Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Nora Haynes, President of NAMI
Dan Kirk, Asst Dir
Dawn Diedrich, Dep Dir of Legal Affairs, GBI; Captain Larry Branson,
Savannah-Chatham Metro PD, accept the award for Georgia.
Convention Photo by Joe Orlando