To register, contact Mobile Team Unit 13 at (217) 345-3344 or register online.
Participants of this voluntary, 40 hour training program, receive intensive training on recognizing and addressing individuals in the correctional setting who have a mental illness or other behavioral health crisis. As this course is specially tailored for correctional officers responding to an inmate in mental health crisis, the CIT-C course may only be attended by certified county corrections officers. The five day course incudes presentations by behavioral health specialists, experienced CIT officers and representatives from regional service providers. The correctional officers will receive training in topics such as mental illness/signs and symptoms, co-occurring disorders, medical conditions that can mimic mental illness and psychotropic medications, child and adolescent issues and correctional officer response and legal issues. They will also learn advanced communication and de-escalation techniques, partake in valuable exercises, have a unique opportunity to participate in discussions with individuals who have a mental illness and or their family members and given an opportunity to exercise their skills in realistic scenario role plays.