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Crisis Intervention Team Certification Training for Law Enforcement

by Connections Work

Crisis Intervention Team Certification Training for Law Enforcement

Connections Work is hosting Berks County’s first CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Certification Training at Alvernia University, Jan. 22-26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Many individuals suffer from mental health issues, and training law enforcement to recognize those in crisis will improve the outcomes of many of the interactions between law enforcement and those in crisis,” said John T. Adams, District Attorney, Berks County District Attorney’s Office.

Through this program, Berks County law enforcement officers will be given more tools and hands-on training to respond to a mental health crisis.

In Berks County, Connections Work’s Mental Health Forensic Diversion team is delivering comprehensive diversion services tailored to address the need for increased mental health initiatives to support state and municipal police departments. This innovative approach creates a blueprint to effect change across the nation.

“We know our law enforcement partners are often the first responders to mental health emergencies, and it is essential that we work in partnership with the knowledge and resources to provide responsive treatment alternatives. CIT Model Programs have been operating throughout the United States for many years. We are energized at the possibilities ahead of us with formally developing a program here in Berks County,” said Pam Seaman, MPAAdministrator, Berks County MH/DD Program.

This event is made possible through cooperation with Connections Work, the Berks County MH/DD Program, and Alvernia University.

Connections Work is a nonprofit organization in Berks County. They provide services and support to individuals with justice involvement and people with similar barriers to success and their families. To find out more about Connections Work, visit their website: