CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, individuals who live with mental illness and/or addiction disorders, their families, and other partners to improve community responses to mental health crises. While CIT programs are known for CIT-trained officers, successful programs also focus on improving the crisis response system, advocating for needed services, and strengthening partnerships across the community.
CIT is a program that provides the foundation necessary to promote community solutions to assist individuals with a mental illness and/or addictions. CIT reduces both stigma and the need for further involvement with the criminal justice system. CIT provides a forum for effective problem solving regarding the interaction between the criminal justice and mental health care system. Research shows that communities that prescribe to the CIT Program model, have higher success rates in resolving serious crisis situations.
This training opportunity is open to both sworn and non-sworn Public Safety/Law Enforcement and other first responders (EMT, Paramedics, Corrections Officers, Firefighters, 911 Operators, etc.) This course should be completed in its entirety (40-hour week), however, accommodations can be made to complete over 2 separate weeks (for limited staffing time for departments).
For more information, please contact:
Robert McAllister, Mental Health Program Specialist