Md. first responders discuss crisis intervention strategies
Tuesday, first responders from throughout the state met in Ocean City for conference to discuss ways to improve their responses to people in crisis.
CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) is a type of program and training for officers, EMS, and mental health providers. The training helps effectively meet the needs of people with mental illnesses, but at the same time keep the community safe.
Officials say this training was brought to the lower shore in 2014 and they want to encourage more law enforcement to become certified.
"We teach all kinds of behavioral health, how to recognize, how to deescalate those who are in crisis, how to work with individuals and recognize something is going om," says Tammy Kintzer, the CIT Coordinator for Wicomico and Somerset County.
And if you have a loved one that is going through a crisis officials recommend calling 911 and requesting a CIT coordinator to intervene.