CIT reaches out to those with mental illnesses

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Law enforcement and mental health advocates took park in the 7th annual Crisis Intervention Team Summit Meeting today.

They discussed crisis intervention teams in Kansas and how to reach out to those with mental illnesses.

Experts say nearly 60% of adults struggle with mental illness.

CIT is an effort to help train and inform officers on the signs and symptoms, if a crisis situation were to occur.

Sam Cochran, keynote speaker and a retired major from the Memphis Police Department founded the CIT program in 1988 and urges the community to get more involved.

“To join in with those existing CIT programs or better yet, implement CIT from their own community perspective,” says Cochran.  “It really is sharing the good word to bringing in the strong partnership so that we influence not only leaders within the state, leaders within the county, but local leaders as well and our communities deserve special care, special services for special people.”

Cochran says Kansas has the ability to be a national leader when it comes to partnerships involving the CIT program.


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