UCSO Graduates with CIT Training
Thursday, July 12, 2018Sheriff Brad Whitehead and the Union County Sheriff’s Office saw an urgent need for services in the rising mental health community. Many of our calls for service involve those in crisis and suffering from some form of mental health issue. Through a partnership with Florida Sheriff’s Association (F.S.A.), Union County Sheriff’s Office hosted a “Crisis Intervention Team” Training 40 hour certification course in Lake Butler last week, June 11-15, 2018. The course stressed response to those dealing with mental health issues, individuals in crisis, those with substance abuse issues, dealing with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias along with training on Autism.
Sheriff Whitehead stated, “We were excited to host this very important training for our agency. Going forward our agency has a much better understanding in our interaction with those suffering from mental illness or crisis and with our aging population, those with forms of Dementia. We are better able to de ’escalate our presence with these individuals when they might become agitated and see that we are there to help. I am proud to say that our entire patrol staff and supervisors have CIT Training and we have a CIT Deputy on duty and able to respond 24 hours a day – 7 days a week, as well as a CIT Deputy in each of our schools.” Our agency for decades have had a partnership with our local Meridian Behavior Services working together with Baker Acts and assessments to further help those in a temporary or on-going mental health crisis.
During the week of Crisis Intervention Team Training our agency participated in lectures, expert panels, numerous expert subject matter instructors from throughout the State and scenarios of response to service. The certification was conducted by Florida Sheriff’s Association under the direction of Dr. Joyce Carbonell, Ph.D. Union County Sheriff’s Office hosted this 40 hour certification under a grant funded by F.S.A. at no cost to our agency or community.