CIT and Mental Health Response

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency that requires immediate attention, please contact Crisis Intervention at 717-394-2631.

In recent days there have been numerous news stories reflecting the need for appropriate response metrics to cases involving citizens in need of metal health services. The NLCRPD has several key policy directives concerning the mental health response by the agency in the policy tab on the NLCRPD Crimewatch webpage. To enhance public understanding the NLCRPD team encourages public review of these directives.

Currently he NLCRPD has a staff of 31 sworn members including over twenty-five officers certified as CIT Officers, this group of officers represents 80 % of agency members. This means a CIT trained officer is available and deployed on every scheduled shift coverage cycle to assure the availability of officers with the specialized training as Crisis Intervention Team members.

The Lancaster County Adult Probation Department leadership has taken the initiative to administer and operate the CIT training program for law enforcement and criminal justice professionals. This is one of many initiatives underway to increase effectiveness of policing to serve segments of the community in crisis. There are many impacting factors associated with the response by police to mental illness. Suffice it to say this is an issue that is moving rapidly to the forefront of public safety review and greater understandings as we move forward.

The outbreak of infectious diseases such as the recent Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) can be a stressful time for individuals and communities. It is not uncommon to feel anxious or worried while listening, reading or watching the news. While it’s necessary to keep up-to-date and make changes to daily life in order to help control the spread of COVID-19, the constant news cycle coupled with social distancing measures can have a real impact on mental health. The Pennsylvania Department of Health at Pa.Gov has a wide array of resources available to assist in providing further understandings. It’s important during times like these to monitor your own physical and mental health, as well as safely stay connected to your community. Know the signs of stress and when and how to seek help for yourself, as well as loved ones.

Readers are reminded that there are resources available to find information regarding this new initiative between law enforcement, the court system, and the community. For more information about the Lancaster County Crisis Intervention Team please contact the NLCRPD at 717-733-0965 or the Lancaster County Adult Probation Department.

Reminder * If you are experiencing a mental health emergency that requires immediate attention, please contact Crisis Intervention at 717-394-2631 or the NLCRPD at 911.