Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training
This 40-hour course for patrol officers and other first responders is designed to educate them about mental illness so that, in times of crisis, officers recognize the issues and utilize de-escalation techniques, minimizing the potential for harm to be done to the consumer, the officer, or the general public.
NAMI Fox Valley is pleased to announce that Karen
Aspenson, former executive director of NAMI Fox Valley,
and Appleton police Sgt. John Wallschlaeger, are now providing Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and Crisis
Intervention Partner (CIP) training under the auspices of
Gold Stripe Consulting, their newly formed organization.
Under their visionary leadership, John and Karen brought
CIT training to the Fox Valley more than 10 year ago and
created a local mind shift about how law enforcement
and other professionals respond to crisis involving those
living with mental illness in our community. The CIT/CIP
initiative created a ripple effect into many other systems
of care (healthcare, access to treatment, 24/7 crisis, family
support and respite, etc.) and positively impacts the Fox
Valley still today, where the public can easily call for the
support of a CIT-trained officer when mental illness is a
factor and safety for all is the desired outcome.
A decade of offering CIT and CIP courses, as well
as “Advanced CIT,” allowed for local officers and
professionals to access training close to home and learn
about local resources. It also allowed Karen and John to
train officers and new sites from across the state, expanding
the CIT/CIP to hundreds each year.
NAMI Fox Valley will continue to pursue partnership
opportunities and ways to support Gold Stripe as they
continue the important work of offering CIT and CIP
locally in our community. We wish to extend a huge
thank you to Karen, John, the NAMI Fox Valley Board of
Directors and staff, as well as law enforcement, corrections
and the criminal justice system, for their dedication and
commitment to the CIT initiative – 10 years strong!
CIT/CIP Contact information:
John Wallschlaeger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Gold Stripe Consulting, LLC
c/o Karen J. Aspenson
912 Ninth Street
Menasha, WI 54952