NAMI Jeffco Holds First CIT Awards Banquet
On September 28, 2019, NAMI Jeffco held its first awards banquet to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skills learned in their CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training or support the training. These individuals have shown compassion, concern and understanding when interacting with a person who has mental health condition. Fifteen individuals received an award, and this is only the start of good things to come in recognizing how vital the CIT program is for everyone.
The CIT Program is a collaboration of professionals committed to assisting persons with behavioral health disorders. Over 7,000 officers in Jefferson County are now trained in this program. This collaboration includes local members of NAMI Jeffco, mental health service providers, family members, and law enforcement officers. The most important aspect of the CIT Program is the training provided to law enforcement officers giving them the skills they need that not only benefits the individual with the mental health condition but also protects the officers and the community.
NAMI Jeffco understands how important it is to have a strong commitment to this program because it has been proven to benefit individuals and their families that are impacted by mental health conditions. We understand that trained law enforcement officers help individuals they encounter receive access to medical treatment, when possible, rather than being placed in the criminal justice system due to illness-related behaviors and helps to reduce the stigma associated with these illnesses.
Congratulations again to all of our award recipients from Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Lakewood, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Brower Psychological Services.