The Worcester County Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) provides a comprehensive training designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to guide first responders when interacting with individuals in behavioral health crises. The program’s goal is to serve as an expansion of the crisis response system in order to provide collaborative and effective intervention and appropriate service coordination to those in behavioral health crises.
The mission of C.I.T. is to enjoin community leaders, advance public safety and enhance community services to persons with behavioral health issues. The Worcester County C.I.T. is a collaborative program built on strong community partnerships between criminal justice professionals, behavioral health professionals, advocacy groups and community members.
Objectives of C.I.T.:
- Coordinate training programs that will enhance officer interactions, skills and safety when responding to behavioral health crises
- Increase officer awareness of individuals at risk of, or experiencing, behavioral health crises
- Improve effectiveness of officer response to behavioral health crises
- Reduce injuries to officers, persons in crises and their family members
- Provide appropriate service coordination and resource linkage to persons with behavioral health issues
- Provide community outreach and education on the Worcester County C.I.T. program