Orland Park History Museum Hosts OPPD Crisis Intervention Team

Orland Park History Museum Hosts OPPD Crisis Intervention Team
Posted on 09/27/2016

The Orland Park History Museum will sponsor a program explaining the work of the Orland Park Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at 14415 S. Beacon Ave. The program is part of the museum's Community Awareness series.

The one-hour program will focus on how the CIT intervenes in volatile situations, frequently involving mentally ill people who may need immediate hospitalization rather than arrest. The presenters, all of whom are members of the Orland Park CIT, will discuss how families can get CIT help when faced with a crisis. The team members also will explain how they are trained to intervene in situations that families are unable to handle alone.

Department Commander Lt. Joseph Mitchell explained that the CIT aims for more than short-term solutions. CIT tries to "reduce the number of repeat calls we get by making sure people get counseling, therapy, and the medications they need. We believe whatever cost this entails on the front end will save us more than that on the back end," Mitchell said.

The Orland Park CIT saves lives as well as money. In the most recent police department annual report, Chief Timothy McCarthy said the number of involuntary hospital committals of Orland Park residents had been reduced from 162 in 2014 to 120 in 2015, "largely due to our Crisis Intervention Team." In 2015, almost 50 percent of Orland Park residents committed to hospitals for psychiatric care were age 20 and younger and the leading cause of the crisis was the use or threat of a weapon, McCarthy said.

The CIT presentation is free and open to the public. Contact the museum at 708-873-1622 for more information.