Care Compass Network Sponsors Crisis Hostage Negotiation Training in Tompkins County

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(Ithaca, NY – November 7, 2019) – Care Compass Network (CCN) is sponsoring a Crisis Hostage Negotiation Training for Tompkins County’s Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) the week of November 11, 2019 in Ithaca, New York. The training is offered in partnership with Tompkins County Mental Health (TCMH), Ithaca Police Department (IPD), Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, Cornell Police Department, and Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County (ADC).

Administered by Crisis Systems Management LLC, the 40-hour course addresses the fundamental tasks of a successful crisis negotiator, and will help to further prepare the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) to work as part of a coordinated negotiation team – including the mediation of a variety of crisis situations including hostage takers, barricaded subjects, and potential suicide victims. The Crisis Hostage Negotiation training will teach participants effective communication techniques, and will provide them with a fundamental understanding of how to recognize suicidal indicators, assess immediacy of suicidal intent, and how to apply certain techniques to best mitigate a crisis situation.

Throughout the 5-day training, participants will be exposed to a variety of learning exercises, including classroom-led technical skills and scenario-driven skill development. For the latter, trainees will participate in instructor-facilitated scenario-driven exercises and debriefs, which will serve to reinforce skills learned in the classroom. In order to create realistic and practical scenarios for practice, participants will be engaged in role play, which may include loud noises. Community members should be aware that no direct or indirect hazards exist within the parameters of this training.

The Crisis Hostage Negotiation Training is being funded under CCN’s Project 3.a.ii – Crisis Stabilization. The course aligns with existing project initiatives, which provide community law enforcement professionals and first responders with evidence-based mental health training, including: Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety, Mental Health First Aid for Fire & EMS, and Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). The objective of the Crisis Hostage Negotiation Training is to assist Tompkins County’s Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) to grow their professional skills as crisis negotiators, and to ultimately help the community achieve better health outcomes for individuals in crisis.

The training will be held at: Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County, 2353 North Triphammer Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850. Any questions should be directed to Lauren Greco at 607-240-2560.

About the Ithaca Police Department (IPD)
The mission of the Ithaca Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our community by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution. We strive to preserve peace and to provide a safe environment for all of our residents and visitors. A strong emphasis is placed on community policing, and we value the partnerships we have established with other law enforcement agencies, service organizations, businesses, and our local residents. We’re proud of the fact that Ithaca was ranked as the number 1 most secure city in the United States with a population under 150,000, as well as having been ranked number 3 for lowest metropolitan crime rate in the country. We ask you to join us in our mission to keep Ithaca a safe and healthy community.

About the Critical Incident Negotiation Team (CINT)
CINT has specialized training in dealing with violence and weapons and provides on-call assistance to law enforcement agencies for hostage negotiations, barricaded individuals, and other critical incidents. CINT is activated by Law Enforcement Personnel only, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

About Tompkins County Mental Health (TCMH)
The mission of the Tompkins County Mental Health Services Department is to meet the needs of the residents of Tompkins County in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, and chemical dependency by providing prevention and early detection, comprehensively planned care, treatment, and rehabilitation services.

About Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County
Established in 1965, Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County is a private 501(c)3 non-profit agency offering education, prevention, outpatient substance abuse treatment, and referral services for area residents. ADC views addiction as a progressive, treatable disease, and provides support necessary to achieve sobriety and good health.

About Crisis Systems Management LLC
Crisis Systems Management (CSM) is a small, disabled veteran, woman-owned business established and operating in the State of Missouri as a Limited Liability Company. CSM operates and performs for the purpose of training development, training product development, training, and training evaluation as it relates to hostage negotiation, crisis incident management, law enforcement resiliency and peer support, and critical incident stress management. CSM has a proven track record providing Crisis Hostage Negotiation, Crisis Incident Management and Law Enforcement Resiliency and Peer Support Training in a variety of law enforcement environments as both a prime and sub-contractor. CSM has trained more than 20,000 municipal, state, and federal law enforcement students in the past fifteen years. In addition to a wide range of training courses, CSM also plans and facilitates regional and state negotiator competitions throughout the United States.

About Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department
The mission of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department is Honor, Pride, Integrity. These words describe how we represent ourselves in the performance of our duties. These words hold so much value to us that we have chosen to wear them on our sleeve. they provide reassurance to those that come into our presence, and serve as a constant reminder to us.

About Cornell Police Department
The Cornell Police Department is an internationally accredited organization that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from its headquarters in Barton Hall. The mission of Cornell Police is to protect lives and property, maintain order, prevent crimes, receive and investigate reports of crimes, and provide other law-enforcement services. The department is responsive to the special needs of Cornell’s large and diverse community – a community of people who come from across the United States and the world to study and work at Cornell.

About Care Compass Network
Care Compass Network (CCN) is a not-for-profit, community organization created to champion new models of care to the community with a focus on delivering quality care, while reducing inefficiencies through enhanced care coordination and community-based engagement and education. CCN convenes and collaborates with over 180 partner organizations to expand and improve healthcare delivery, as well as transition from a traditional fee-for-service model to a new, pay-for-performance approach or Value-Based Payment (VBP) program.