Older Adult, Caregiver, & Dementia CIT Training

Regional Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) certification classes are gearing up to meet the need of our community members. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, more than 50 percent of the state’s law enforcement population are CIT trained. The CIT program is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention with community, health care, and advocacy partnerships that was first developed in Memphis. CIT training provides law enforcement and first responders with training to assist those individuals with a mental illness, substance use disorders or intellectual/developmental disabilities and improves the safety of patrol officers, first responders, consumers, family members, and citizens within the community. CIT training provides a forum for effective problem-solving skills regarding the interaction between individuals.

ECC Area Agency on Aging (ECCAAA) staff provide a training class to participants on older adult, caregiver, and dementia crisis. ECCAAA staff conduct the Dementia Live simulation that is a transformative realistic dementia simulation and empathy training experience that empowers law enforcement and first responders. Dementia Live is a high impact, dementia simulation experience that immerses participants into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it is like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory change. ECCAAA staff also provide an in-depth training on how to approach a crisis when older adults, caregivers, or individuals with dementia are involved. ECCAAA has provided training to more than 300 first responders since January 1, 2022.

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