Crisis Intervention Team Honors JCI

JCI’s Behavioral Health Services is the CIT Partner of the Year. JCI and CIT have been partnering since the inception of the CIT program in 2011.

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training is an effective law enforcement training and response program designed for first responders who handle crisis calls involving people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and alcohol and/or substance abuse disorders.

During the training, CIT class participants visit JCI’s Behavioral Health Services location in Selma. This psychosocial rehabilitation program serves persons with chronic mental illness. The overall goal of the program is to ensure that members have a place that provides structure and support to maintain a quality lifestyle and independent functioning.

(Left to right): Erin Driver, Senior Manager, Behavioral Health and Community Based Services and John Jones, PSR Supervisor

The class learns about the program from staff and members and get to see and hear the active role the members take in their recovery and stabilization.

CIT class members have been so impressed and inspired by the members’ hard work that one time a CIT member felt moved to sing “Amazing Grace.”

Another class asked how they could make donations to the group and JCI’s Thrift Store and Donation Center, and an additional class donated an electric guitar and new keyboard for the music room.

Also one of the nominations stated, “What a wonderful asset BHS is to our community. Such dedicated and caring staff and such awesome clients. Bravo JCI !”

JCI said they truly appreciate the thoughtfulness of local law enforcement agencies and for participating in the Crisis Intervention Team training.

Alliance Health nominated JCI for the award.