POST UNIVERSITY HOSTS CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINING
FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

WHAT:            
Post University will host a 40-person Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) session in partnership with the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE).  The program is designed to train police officers to recognize the signs of irrational and/or dangerous behavior associated with mental illness, and intervene in a way that ensures the safety of the community, the officers, and the person in crisis. 

The weeklong training session will include instruction on mental illness and substance abuse, suicide assessment and prevention techniques, mental health and the law, and safe de-escalation techniques, among other topics.  The CIT model encourages communities, families, law enforcement officers, and mental health professionals to work together to decrease arrest rates among people who suffer from severe mental illness.  Trained CIT officers are part of a police department’s regular patrol division, and are called upon during a crisis to reduce the likelihood of physical confrontations and personal injury to both the officer and the individual. 

Upon completion of the course, officers will receive professional training credits from the Police Officers Standards and Training Council.  The cost of training is currently being supported by a grant administered by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

WHEN:                 
July 13-17, 2009

On July 15 from 1-3 p.m., the media is invited to attend and/or participate in the session called, “Hearing Voices”.  This session requires trainees to try and perform specified tasks while hearing voices similar to those heard by people suffering from schizophrenia.

WHERE:              
Post University
800 Country Club Road
Waterbury, CT
Traurig Library Boardroom

WHO:
Police Officers from Waterbury, Middlebury and Watertown are scheduled to attend to further build on their existing CIT program.  Officers from other departments in the area also are invited to participate on a first-come, first-served basis.
                       
The training will be led by qualified instructors from the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, along with members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and representatives of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

CONTACT:
Ann Baldwin, Baldwin Media Marketing
Office: (860) 408-1580
Cell: (860) 985-5621

Post University:
Founded in 1890, Post University is a career-oriented university committed to providing students with the knowledge, personal skills and experience required to be leaders in their chosen fields.  Located in Waterbury, Conn., Post University provides a wide array of degree programs for on-campus and online students of all ages. It is known for its quality, career-driven academic programs, small classes, national award-winning student activities, and competitive NCAA Division II athletics. Its 2,000 full- and part-time students come from the United States and abroad, and are supported by faculty whose mission is to prepare students to compete and succeed in today’s global workplace.  To learn more about Post University, visit www.post.edu or call 800-345-2562.

CABLE:                                                                                                                         
The Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc. (CABLE) brings community and law enforcement resources together to address common issues related to mental health. CABLE is a grassroots, non-profit, 501 (C)(3) research and training collaborative whose mission is to serve as an interdisciplinary resource and catalyst for law enforcement and community collaboration, support and education. For more information on CABLE, visit www.cableweb.org.