OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A number of Bay Area first responders will soon be equipped with new training on handling people suffering from mental illness.

Officers from eight Bay Area agencies have completed a course on how to respond to metal health concerns on a call.

The Oakland Police Department, in partnership with the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, hosted the first Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement officers this week. The first group of CIT trainees graduated on Thursday.

The 38-hour seminar will help officers respond more effectively to a wide range of psychological problems.

The Oakland police department said in 2009 alone 5,600 service calls involved a mental health component.

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Comments (3)
  1. dma says:

    As a former CIT trainer in NM, and a current advocate of those with disabilities, I say bravo. I hope the training included how to determine if someone has a mild developmental disability.

  2. RealityCheck says:

    Just bear in mind that if someone is mentally ill and threatening people with weapons, they will be treated the same as if they were not mentally ill. Just FYI…

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