The Crisis Intervention Team Program (CIT) provides training and education to law enforcement officers. It is a partnership of professionals who are committed to assisting those with mental illnesses and other brain disorders. This partnership includes mental health service providers, law enforcement, local members of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), family members and those who have a mental illness.
The program trains law enforcement officers to effectively interact with those who have a mental illness more humanely. It is a 40-hour, five-day course that is comprised of classroom instruction and practical exercises. Officers gain insight in recognizing signs and symptoms of mental illness, visit local behavioral health clinics and are taught de-escalation techniques designed to reduce conflict and increase the chances of communication and cooperation with the goal being that those with mental illnesses receive treatment for their illness.
Additionally, CIT provides the information necessary to guide officers in re-directing individuals away from the criminal justice system and into emergency behavioral health facilities. For more information, visit the websites for: National Alliance on Mental Illness and citinternational.org.