Wellness and Support

An essential part of CIT programming is providing first responders with the resources they need to recognize their own mental health needs and helping them to develop the skills to offer support to their peers experiencing mental health issues.

First responders need support too.

PTSD and secondary trauma are often experienced within the first responder community. That’s why CIT-RI works closely with Anne Balboni of RI Critical Incident Stress Team (CISM) to offer wellness training and support in all our training academies.

The Rhode Island CISM team provides support for the following types of interventions:

  • Pre-Crisis Planning/Education

  • On Scene Support/Organizational Consultation

  • Demobilizations

  • Crisis Management Briefings (CMB)

  • Individual Contacts/Peer Support

  • Defusings

  • Debriefings (CISD)

  • Pastoral/Spiritual Care

  • Family Support

  • Post-Incident Education

  • Follow-Up and/or Referral

  • Strategic Planning

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