According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 1 in 5 Americans will experience mental illness in a given year. The Glen Ellyn Police Department has taken a proactive approach to this reality by training several of its officers and investigators as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officers.
The primary goals of CIT Officers are to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness, safely de-escalate situations/individuals experiencing crisis, and develop partnerships with mental health service providers and community resources. The successful implementation of these strategies diverts individuals suffering from mental illness away from the criminal justice system and to the appropriate mental health services they need.
For more information regarding Law Enforcement’s role in providing mental health services, additional resources, and ways in which you can help, please visit NAMI’s website.
If you are experiencing a crisis related emergency, dial 911. If not an emergency, and you would like to speak with a Glen Ellyn CIT Officer regarding available resources please call 630-469-1187.