The Knox County Sheriff’s Office hosted a 3 day Corrections CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training course at the Roger D Wilson Detention Facility graduating 19 Officers. This course was led by Chief Stephens and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Cheryl Daugherty.
The lack of mental health crisis services across the U.S. has resulted in law enforcement officers serving as first responders to most crises. A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative, community-based approach to improve the outcomes of these encounters.
In over 2,700 communities nationwide, CIT programs create connections between law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency services and individuals with mental illness and their families. Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety.
We are super proud of our 19 graduating Officers and their dedication to the continuing education on mental health issues.
Job Well Done!