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Pictured left to right are, Cathy Schiffer, AHCS, Larry Hipes, Clifton Forge Police Department, Dan Larnerd, Alleghany Co. Regional Jail, Terry Cronk, Alleghany Co. Regional Jail, Anthony Morgan, Covington Police Department, Will Windham, Lewis Gale Alleghany Hospital, Patty Flanagan, AHCS, Ingrid Barber, AHCS, Matt Bowser, Alleghany Co. Sheriff's Office, Juan Roldan, Covington Police Department.

Crisis Intervention Team Up & Running In The Highlands

 
Covington, VA (Jan. 9, 2019) - The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a well-documented and successful model of improving police interactions with persons with mental illness. It is a pre-booking diversion program developed to prevent the inappropriate incarceration of individuals with mental illness and provide an alternative outcome which addresses both public safety and therapeutic concerns.

In addition to training, another key component of a successful CIT program is the creation of a therapeutic crisis assessment center, where law enforcement officers can take individuals in crisis and transfer custody to allow for immediate evaluation and triage in a therapeutic – rather than law enforcement – setting.

Community partners, pictured, have been working diligently to obtain funding for a site in our area.
 
 
 

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