What is CIT?
CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness. To learn more about CIT Training, the NAMI CIT Training page and the CIT International website are excellent resources.
Rehinge CIT Presentation
Paton Blough is regularly involved in training local police officers about CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) to better help them deal with encounters with mentally ill people. To help train police officers, Paton has developed a presentation. The presentation shows past events in Paton’s life, including encounters with police that were both bad and good. One of the goals of CIT training is to encourage safe, de-escalated arrests of individuals who are showing symptoms of mental illness.
N.I.C.E. is a CIT training acronym that Paton Blough developed to help train police officers during his presentations. N.I.C.E is based off of four key principles.
1. NEVER undermine the delusion or the person
- Allow the person to feel as if they are the ones in control
- Agree whenever possible and make person feel important
- Be patient
2. IGNORE personal verbal attacks and threats as much as possible
- Lack of worked up response calms the situation
- I am testing your loyalty to me
- Hopefully you can help me avoid costly charges and injuries
3. CONNECT on a personal/local level
- It’s harder for me to believe the delusion of you having malicious intent when you grew up with my neighbor
- Find something off subject that interest me
4. EXTEND friendship, kindness and compassion
- Its hard to reject kindness
- Imagine this is your mother, sister or best friend
- Hopefully avoid injury to yourself or the mentally ill person