NAMI Lexington partners on CIT Training

NAMI Lexington remains focused on developing relationships with Law Enforcement and Corrections personnel. Individuals living in recovery and family members continue to share their stories to help train police officers and other first responders during Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training classes. It is important that the voices of those directly affected by mental illness are included in CIT training events and NAMI Lexington is honored to provide this service. We are excited to convey that the Lexington Police Department has announced that all officers will receive CIT training over the next 2 years! This is a tremendous commitment by the department and a great benefit to our community. The Bluegrass Regional CIT board – a coalition of central Kentucky mental health stakeholders is now meeting regularly and sharing ideas for providing better solutions to individuals and families in crisis. The increased collaboration and partnerships with community organizations and law enforcement agencies to positively and proactively address concerns. The Bluegrass region and Georgetown Police also hosted the CIT Statewide Conference this year and representatives from NAMI Lexington were present to share information and hear presentations from a stellar lineup of Law Enforcement individuals sharing their experience and their personal stories. NAMI Lexington was also invited to participate in the first CIT training for The Fayette County Detention Center (FCDC) this year. Corrections officers from Lexington and Louisville attended as well as personnel from the Department of Corrections in Frankfort. FCDC is also committed to providing CIT training to all their corrections officers. Our Fayette Mental Health Court team and Adult Peer Support Specialists also provide weekly visits to inmates at the detention center. These visits often result in “warm hand-offs” to the community resulting in referrals to needed services and reduced recidivism rates.

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