KPD and NEMO attend CIT Training


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 10, 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jim Hughes, Chief
Kirksville Police Department
660-785-6945
kvpdchief@kirksvillecity.com

Nichole Salmons
Mark Twain Behavioral health
660-665-4612
nsalmons@mtbh.org






KIRKSVILLE PD AND NEMO CIT/MENTAL HEALTH COUNCIL COMPLETES SECOND
CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM (CIT) TRAINING ACADEMY

(Kirksville, Mo) – During the week of March 6th, the Kirksville Police Department, in collaboration with the newly formed NEMO CIT/Mental Health Council, conducted a local 40 hour basic CIT academy. This is the second of three such academic scheduled trainings for 2016/2017. MO CIT is the State governing body for the development and implementation of CIT programs in Missouri.

CIT is short for Crisis Intervention Team, and is part of a nation-wide movement developed in Memphis, Tennessee. CIT provides law enforcement with the tools, and support structure, to assist anyone experiencing, either directly or indirectly, a behavioral health crisis. Behavioral health based calls are increasing and often account for a large percentage of total police, and other service provider, calls.

A year in the making, the training was attended by representatives from twelve local agencies. Students participated in individual classes, taught by local, regional and state subject matter experts, covering 25 different/diverse topics.

Following the first academy, in October of last year, Kirksville/Adair County became the first established CIT program north of Highway 36. “Based on recent national events, and broad-based societal concerns, it is vital that the larger community, encompassing northcentral/northeast Missouri, assume a leadership role in providing reasonable care to those experiencing a behavioral crisis, or those affected by the crisis,” said Kirksville Police Chief Jim Hughes. “Recent local efforts have clearly demonstrated what can happen when everyone, with a stake in a situation, works together with a common goal”.

Agencies in attendance included:
Kirksville Police Department
Mark Twain Behavioral Health
Adair County Sherriff’s Office
Truman State University
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Edina Police Department
Marceline Police Department
Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department
Memphis Police Department
Lancaster Police Department
Adair Public Administrator
Missouri Division of Senior and Disability Services


The Kirksville Police Department and the NEMO CIT/Mental Health Coalition would like to thank all of the members of our community who helped make this happen.
Anyone interested in attending NEMO CIT/Mental Health Coalition meetings, or who have any questions about this community collaboration, are urged to contact us (see information above).

Visit:
http://kirksville.4unow.us/

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