Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
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National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pinellas County, Florida (NAMI)

34 Graduates from:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

All is set for the graduation ceremony of the Pinellas County Crisis Intervention Team.

The ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016.

The ceremony will be held at the Sheriff’s Administration Building located at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

34 Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies will graduate from the Pinellas County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program this Friday, February 19, 2016.

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony which will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Patrol Read-Off Room of the Sheriff’s Administration Building in Largo.

This is the 17th year since the establishment of CIT in Pinellas County.

In 1999, Pinellas County Mental Health/Substance Abuse Coalition conducted the first CIT course in Florida, and has been instrumental in promoting the program throughout the state.

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a specialized training and practice for first-responder law enforcement officers on how to properly and safely handle situations involving persons with mental illness. The cornerstone of CIT is a 40-hour course taught, free of charge, by mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, persons with a mental illness diagnosis, and advocates.

The training includes essential information about mental illnesses and how to recognize it; information about the local mental health system and state laws; de-escalation skills; and the opportunity to learn first-hand from consumers and family members about their experiences.

Media is invited to cover. For additional information contact the Sheriff’s Public Information Office at (727) 582-6221.

Posted by Friday, February 19, 2016 12:42:00 PM Categories: Awards and Recognition

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