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Metro Newsroom

Violence Prevention Work Group Recruiting Members for Crisis Response Team

Friday June 29, 2012

Louisville Metro Government is partnering with the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board to recruit and train interested members of the Violence Prevention Work Group, local clergy, and behavioral health professionals to serve as members of the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team.

“We want to use this crisis response team to help lessen trauma and reduce the long-term impact that can be associated with violence,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, co-chair of the violence work group and director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. The group, created by Mayor Greg Fischer, is part of the city’s development of a strategic plan to address violence in targeted neighborhoods in Louisville.

“Creating a crisis response team is an early step in our work to lessen the violence in our city,” Fischer said. “Once trained, these individuals will be able to assist victims of violence by providing compassion and comfort, information on resources and additional tools to cope and recover from the stress of the trauma.”

To serve on the response team, participants must complete online trainings in Psychological First Aid and National Incident Management System as well as attend a one-day class (Psychological First Aid II) on July 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, 400 E. Gray St.

Violence Prevention Work Group members, behavioral health professionals and clergy who are interested can register and complete the training online at or call 888-522-7228 for more information.