Law enforcers and other first responders from across Western Massachusetts will take part in a week-long comprehensive Crisis Intervention Team Training program designed to give them valuable skills for responding to a continuing challenge: calls involving persons in the midst of a mental health crisis.

There are still spaces available in this year’s CIT training program organized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

The free 40-hour program will take place Monday through Friday, March 17 to 21, at Berkshire Community College. The deadline to register is March 7.

In addition, NAMI of Berkshire County helps smaller departments offset the cost of replacing an officer attending the training.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, child and teen mental health issues and suicide prevention are among the areas that will be covered.

For more information, email NAMI of Berkshire County at namibc@namibc.org or call (413) 443-1666.


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