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The Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a dynamic collaboration ofcitlogo 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 psychiatric hospitals
  • Performance-based training involving the development of de-escalation techniques and crisis intervention skills via role-play scenarios.

Law 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.

Georgia CIT Program wins the 2008 IACP Civil Rights Award

CRC_Award_Banquet_GBI_CIT From left, Vernon Keenan, Dir of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Nora Haynes, President of NAMI Georgia; Dan Kirk, Asst Dir GBI; Dawn Diedrich, Dep Dir of Legal Affairs, GBI; Captain Larry Branson, Savannah-Chatham Metro PD, accept the award for Georgia. IACP Convention Photo by Joe Orlando
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:01