Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training

Preparing police and first responders to help individuals in mental health crisis.

BHECN joins Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training at Boys Town

On December 6, 2012, BHECN and the UNMC Department of Psychiatry participated in the 2nd annual Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)-Youth program for law enforcement officers from Nebraska, South Dakota, and western Iowa. 

Hosted at the Boys Town Skip Palrang Memorial Field House and based on a national model created in Memphis, the Omaha CIT training expanded to youth in 2011 in response to the demand from law enforcement officers for additional training in child mental health.

The group included 29 law enforcement officers who participated in a series of interactive behavioral health experiences to prepare them for field work. The day started with a panel of family members with children who have struggled with mental illness, offering wisdom from parental experience to the officers.

The workshops continued with a discussion of tools and de-escalation techniques from John Lehnhoff, Ph.D., from Alegent Creighton Health, and Andrea Joyce, LMHP, from Lutheran Family Services. 

Howard Liu, UNMC child psychiatrist and BHECN medical director, and Brenda McIlnay, UNMC social worker and child therapist, then led a series of interactive case scenarios on how to triage and manage children dealing with destructive behaviors such as shoplifting, cutting and physical aggression.

Participants reviewed community resources throughout Nebraska for children and families in crisis, including:

Steve Spelic, Government Affairs & Outreach Strategist at Alegent Health, organized the event in conjunction with Officer Leigh Culver from the Omaha Police Department. Spelic was recognized as the 2012 CIT Coordinator of the Year from the national CIT body of trainers.

Crisis Intervention Team Program