The CIT program is a community based collaborative between consumers, families, the
Mental Health LME, law enforcement agencies, mental health providers, NAMI (National
Alliance on Mental Illness) consumer advocacy organization, the community college, and the
Law enforcement officers are frequently first responders to people in crisis. Therefore, CIT
training facilitates ongoing collaboration
between law enforcement and the mental
health community. CIT is designed to assist law enforcement officers who respond to
incidents involving people experiencing a crisis.
Police officers receive 40 hours of training on
a variety of topics, including an Overview of Mental Health,
Geriatrics, Substance Abuse/Co-Occurring
Disorders, Special Concerns with Adolescents,
Mental Health Commitment Process, Personality
Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Autism,
Suicide, Trauma and its aftermath, Homelessness
Crisis Intervention and De-escalation.
Strong mental health partnerships
Police officers respond to people in crisis using viable options, when appropriate, for linking individuals with needed mental health treatment in lieu of arrest and incarceration.
Significant consumer and family involvement
Consumer and family advocates are integrally involved in the design and implementation of CIT programs.