Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a community-based program that promotes strong working partnerships between law enforcement, emergency services and mental health services with the common goal of providing appropriate intervention, care and support to individuals in a mental health or emotionally disturbed crisis. CIT trainings are held nationally and locally throughout California, including a Curriculum Update for CIT coordinators.
What is CIT?
CIT stands for Crisis Intervention Team (commonly mistaken as Crisis Intervention Training.) CIT represents a collaboration of mental health, law enforcement, consumers and family members, local providers and the community.
CIT training for officers is a multi-disciplinary 40 hour (typically) program.
How can I start a CIT Training Program in my county?
- Based on the classic Memphis Model, planning at the outset should include at a minimum: your Behavioral Health Department, your County Sheriff and Police Chiefs Association and your local NAMI Group.
- One of the best sources is one of the CIT co-founders, Major Sam Cochran, Memphis PD retired, now at Memphis University's CIT Center.
- Join CIT International and attend their annual conference.
- The CA POST Commission has the lesson plans from all the State's CIT programs on file. Your Sheriff should be able to get those from your regional POST representative.