CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINING (CIT)
Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) is a training designed to create a seamless link between law enforcement and other first-responders and emergency behavioral health services. CIT officers receive approximately 40 hours of training in areas including psychiatric disorders, substance abuse issues, de-escalation techniques, and in legal issues related to mental health and substance abuse. In addition, they receive empathy training from individuals with mental illness and gain exposure to the views of family members of those suffering from a mental illness.
This innovative training model improves the safety of patrol officers, consumers, family members, and citizens with the community. The CIT Model reduces both stigma and the need for further involvement with the criminal justice system and creates a forum for effective problem solving regarding the interaction between the criminal justice and behavioral health system.
SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR TRAINING
Support Group Facilitator Training is a three-day program designed to provide information, tools, and the competence necessary to develop and facilitate support groups for a variety of mental health and addiction issues offered through PVFF and funded by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. Participants will be certified as Mental Health First Aiders through the National Council of Behavioral Health.
MEET ED MONFORT
Ed Monfort is a retired detective of twenty-five years. Ed has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Agency Counseling. Ed worked as a substance abuse counselor for fifteen years for several of our Board agencies. Ed helped to develop our local Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and has facilitated groups for law enforcement for over thirteen years. He is currently the coordinator for the Allen County Drug Court and was instrumental in obtaining state certification for this court. His previous experience includes coordination of the Allen County Mental Health Court and obtaining certification for this court as well as development and certification . Ed is trained in several cognitive behavioral interventions and is a trainer for the Thinking for a Change Model.