January 2012 CIT Graduates
The Rappahannock Area Crisis Intervention Team began in 2009 following a grant from the Office of Forensic Services at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) was one of 10 Virginia organizations to receive funds supporting jail diversion initiatives. The grant supported the establishment of a local Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).
CIT provides a foundation to help promote community and statewide solutions to assist individuals with a mental illness. The CIT model reduces stigma and the need for additional involvement with the criminal justice system. The basic goals of CIT are to improve officer and resident safety as well as help individuals with mental illness receive appropriate, community-based treatment
A total of 23 local officers completed the first local training in June 2009. The officers were from the Fredericksburg Police Department, Rappahannock Regional Jail, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, and University of Mary Washington Police Department. Since that first training, a total of 15 local officers and RACSB staff have become certified to conduct local trainings. To date, nearly 100 officers are now CIT trained.