Here's how we're connecting with the community...................
CIT Training - Spring of 2020 we will again be able to offer CIT training to the Washington County and surrounding areas police officers. CIT training is a full week of Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement. It is a 40 hour educational opportunity that is often used to describe both a program and a training for law enforcement around the interactions between law enforcement and those living with a mental illness.
We had our first training in spring 2018 and it was a success! Since then we have trained over 120 officers. We continue to have officers attend from the most of the area police departments. It is open to any law enforcement officers in Washington County and surrounding areas. Please let officers in your community know about this opportunity. We would love to have representation from all law enforcement agencies in our County!
We would like to thank the West Bend Police Department, the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Dept, Washington County Human Services, the Germantown Police Dept, and the Professional Services Group for joining us in the collaboration.
NAMI Ending the Silence – Since September 2015 NAMI Washington County has reached over 1800 young people each school year in classes throughout Washington County with its NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) program. ETS is an in-classroom teen education program that helps educate about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, resources available to address these, and reduces the stigma surrounding mental health issues through the real-life stories shared by two presenters in each classroom who all have lived experience with mental illness. This on-going program has the intent to reach almost all young people in the county by presenting the information in the required health classes. This program is funding by United Way of Washington County.
NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) for Families is a 90-minute presentation for parents and other primary caregivers of middle and high school students that helps raise awareness around mental health conditions. The presentation includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach your child, and how to work with school staff. The goal of NAMI ETS for Families is to educate families about the early warning signs of mental illness and how early recognition and prevention is key to positive outcomes.
NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) for School Staff is a 90-minute presentation for middle and high school staff that helps raise awareness around mental health conditions. The presentation includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students, and how to work with families. The goal of NAMI ETS for School Staff is to educate school staff members about the early warning signs of mental illness and how early recognition and prevention is key to positive outcomes.
NAMI Provider – This is a program for health care staff who work directly with individuals and families affected by mental illness. The program introduces health care staff to the emotional stages people affected by mental illness experience on the way to recovery. It helps staff gain a fresh understanding of and empathy for their clients’ lived experience, especially during treatment. And it promotes collaboration between clients, families and providers to achieve the best level of recovery possible.
This program is available in a five-session (12 hours) format or in an introductory four-hour seminar.
Call us with any questions about our outreach with the community and how we may assist you in sharing information about mental illness/health.
NAMI Washington County Speakers Bureau
NAMI speakers are available to present to your business, civic group, class, church, conference, etc. on a variety of topics such as: the basics of mental illness, mental illness and stigma, the personal experience with mental illness, the family experience with mental illness.
Speakers are provided free of charge as a public service. Hosting organizations are responsible for costs and arrangements for room setup.
Engagements with speakers must be requested at least one month in advance. Speaker and/or talk availability is subject to change.
For more information or to make a request, please contact Lisa @ 262-339-1235 or