Developing the CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM in Shawnee County

To gather a greater understanding of the mental state of some citizens after a schizophrenic resident was killed by police, Shawnee County’s Crisis Intervention Team was established. This month’s KTWU I’VE GOT ISSUES explains the development of the program and subsequent training as it applies to situations today.

The show begins with a specially produced segment about the death of Greg Eilert, a Topeka resident with a schizophrenic disorder. Eilert was shot & killed by police in August of 2006. His mother, Marge Eilert, and his sister, Nancy Way, describe the events leading up to his death, which prompted the creation of Crisis Intervention Team training in Shawnee County.

Two individuals associated with the local CIT training — Capt. Bill Cochran of the Topeka Police Department and Dennis Bosley, director of the Topeka chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), join the program in the studio.

Then IGI focuses on the approach to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) therapy offered by the Veterans Administration, featuring two staff members from the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka: Jonathan Farrell-Higgins, director of training and chief of the stress disorder treatment program; and clinical psychologist Chalisa Gadt-Johnson.

Janet Thompson Jackson hosts the IGI series.

Full Program Crisis Intervention Training
Eilert Family & Crises Intervention Training PTSD


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