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Mental Health Event Trains Officers

Pensacola, Fla. (August 11, 2015) – Lakeview Center held its quarterly Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training: A Specialized Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health Crisis Event from Aug. 3 to 7. The class session was especially geared toward helping school resource officers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties due to an increase in the number of Baker Acts in the school system.

CIT training provides local law enforcement with intervention tools to help them better assist people who have a mental illness and prevent harm to officers, family members, citizens and to the person who is experiencing the event. The ultimate goal is to prevent escalation and also to ensure the person is connected with the proper mental health resources he or she needs.

Lakeview Center holds CIT training each quarter which consists of a 40-hour class that includes expert speakers and tours of local facilities. To date, this was the 29th class, and 659 officers have been CIT trained in both counties including the University West Florida and Pensacola State College police departments. For more information about CIT, call Mary Carter at 850.437.8978.

An affiliate of Baptist Health Care, Lakeview Center Inc. is a network of behavioral health, vocational and child protective services. These services address a broad spectrum of human needs, reflecting a longstanding commitment to helping people overcome life's challenges.

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