On Thursday, May 26, a total of 22 Lane County law enforcement staff and two CAHOOTS employees graduated from the Lane County Regional Crisis Intervention Team course.
Attendees received training on a variety of topics including: crisis de-escalation, signs & symptoms of mental illness, types of mental illness, NAMI In Our Own Voices, consumer and family perspectives, Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Adult and Juvenile Crisis Intervention, legal concerns, community resources and visits to local agencies (The Eugene Mission, Peace Health Behavioral Unit and Hourglass Community Crisis Center). The training was facilitated by public and private community partners and Oregon law enforcement officers.
Without our partner’s support and generosity, this training could not take place!
This 40-hour training, which is based on the Memphis Model, was funded by a state grant awarded to Lane County Health and Human Services to create programs that divert people with mental illness away from the criminal justice system when appropriate. Thanks to the partnership with Lane County Health and Human Services, Lane County Regional CIT has been ongoing since late 2014, spearheaded by the Eugene Police Department. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Police Department have been pivotal partners in delivering these trainings and plan to continue into 2017.
This class was comprised of: EPD- 3 LCSO- 7 SPD- 9 FLO- 1 UOPD- 2 CAHOOTS- 2
Participating agencies have included: Eugene PD, LCSO, SPD, UOPD, JCPD, Florence PD, OSP, and Lane Co. Parole & Probation.