The Oswego Police Department will be holding a Crisis Intervention Team Kickoff Meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Oswego Fire Protection District Station #1, located at 3511 Woolley Road, Oswego.
Very often, law enforcement officers are the first to respond to a mental health crisis incident. A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative, community-based approach to improve the outcomes of these encounters. CIT programs create connections between law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency services and individuals with mental illness and their families. Not only can CIT programs bring community leaders together, they can also help develop solutions for safely re-directing people in crisis away from the judicial system and into the health care system whenever appropriate. Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety.
The Oswego Police Department CIT Kickoff Meeting is designed to bring together citizens and potential stakeholders to discuss the needs of community members living with mental illness. Meetings such as these can help identify what resources may already be available and what collaborations could provide additional resources. The kickoff meeting will consist of a presentation, question and answer session and informal discussion.
Anyone seeking more information on the program may contact Oswego Police Deputy Chief Brad Delphey at 630-551-7300.