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Westchester Crisis Intervention First Responder Training Program Will Debut

Police, first responders and educators are called to participate in a crisis intervention training.
Police, first responders and educators are called to participate in a crisis intervention training. Photo Credit: namifoxvalley.org

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- County Executive Rob Astorino, along with members of the county Departments of Health, Community Mental Health and Public Safety, will unveil an enhanced Crisis Intervention Training program on Tuesday that will be offered free of charge to police officers, firefighters, other first responders and educators in all municipalities across Westchester from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Crisis Intervention Program will be held at Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains.

Astorino will also provide an update on the county’s Ebola preparedness efforts.

The training is the latest addition to Astorino’s “Safer Communities” initiative, which was launched in 2013 as a collaborative response to address violence as a public health issue.

Crisis Intervention Training teaches law enforcement, other first responders and educators the best methods for addressing and resolving emergency situations involving people suffering from mental illness or emotional distress.

Leaders from the law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical service, mental health and school communities will be on hand to get an overview of the specialized training and the related mental health issues from Dr. Xavier Amador, a nationally prominent clinical psychologist, and Eric Weaver, a retired Rochester police sergeant who has created model CIT programs in western New York and beyond. Following the program, Narcan training will be offered. Narcan is used to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

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