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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization providing advocacy, education, support and public awareness. Here in Wisconsin, they have a state affiliate, NAMI Wisconsin, to carry out their mission to improve the quality of life of people affected by mental illness and to promote recovery.

NAMI Wisconsin recently teamed up with the Fort Atkinson Police Department and Opportunities, Inc. to provide a Crisis Intervention Partner (CIP) training in Jefferson County. This two-day training was held at Opportunities, Inc. on August 9-10 and invited professionals from all social services interested in better understanding and improving interactions with people who experience mental health crises.

During the two days, the attendees heard from 10 presenters on topics ranging from trauma informed care, youth and adolescent mental health, veterans and PTSD, de-escalation techniques, medications and side effects, and more.

Chrisanna Manders, Associate Director of NAMI Wisconsin, stated, "CIP training is more than just a 16 hour training - it is a community initiative bringing local law enforcement, social services, hospitals, mental health advocates, and many more passionate collaborators who are wanting to help someone in crisis. This training exceeded our expectations and truly made a dream of joining forces with helping hearts of Jefferson county and surrounding communities a reality. The biggest of thank you’s to Opportunities Inc., NAMI Jefferson County, our presenters, our attendees, and the Fort Atkinson Police Department for empowering and enabling 40 more people in this world to be CIP certified, and ready to heal the world and themselves."

Deb Thompson, President of NAMI Jefferson County, commented, “NAMI of Jefferson County was very grateful for this CIP training session and since it went so well we hope to have another in the near future. Working with the Opportunities, Inc. staff was a wonderful experience and NAMI of Jefferson County looks forward to working with them in the future."

Through mission-minded partnerships, co-sponsors Best Events Catering and Fort HealthCare, provided the luncheons for attendees and presenters. For more information on NAMI Wisconsin, visit www.namiwisconsin.org or Opportunities, Inc. visit www.oppinc.com.


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Group picture of those in attendance and presenters.

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