The 8th Annual Crisis Intervention Team Summit
is scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2014 in Lawrence,
Details and registration will be available soon.
The Crisis Intervention Team (Memphis Model) movement
started in Memphis,
Tennessee in 1988 and has rapidly grown into more
than 600 communities nationwide. In Kansas,
Crisis Intervention Teams have been established in
Hutchinson/Reno County, Emporia/Lyon County, Johnson County,
Topeka/Shawnee County, and Wichita/Sedgwick County.
CIT programs represent a local partnership between law
enforcement agencies, mental
health providers, and consumer and family
organizations with two primary objectives: public safety and
the diversion of mental
health consumers from the criminal
justice system and into treatment.
A primary activity of local CIT Councils is providing training
enforcement officers, whether a police
officer, correctional officer, parole or probation
officer, regarding an understanding of mental
illness, how to work with an individual with mental
illness in crisis and what resources to call upon for
assistance. With such training and a coordinated effort among
CIT Council partner agencies, the likelihood of diverting that
individual toward needed mental
health treatment is increased. Early and appropriate
intervention is the single most important determinant of a
healthy recovery which includes putting an end to the revolving
door between psychiatric
hospitals, the community and the justice system.
CIT programs also operate for the safety of mental health
consumers and their family members as well as for the safety
of first responders, mental
health care providers, and the general public.
Programs in Kansas
are currently eight CIT programs (Leavenworth, Lyon, Johnson,
Reno, Sedgwick, Ford, Shawnee, and Wyandotte counties)
operating in Kansas with others being organized.
Click here for
a link to a listing of the local programs and their
Enforcement CIT Council: http://www.kansascit.org –
Provides information about the CIT program serving Johnson
County and for links to CIT training being sponsored by the
Law Enforcement Training Center.
a nonprofit membership organization established to
facilitate understanding, development and implementation of
CIT training programs throughout the U.S. and in other
Memphis CIT Center:http://cit.memphis.edu
Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project:http://consensusproject.org/
-- A repository of information about all aspects of jail
diversion, reentry, and enhanced treatment for offenders
with mental illness.
National Gains Center: http://gainscenter.samhsa.gov/html/ --
Information about access to community based services for
adult's diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and
substance use disorders at all points of contact with the
contact NAMI Kansas or any of the local CIT programs for a
schedule of upcoming CIT training events in each area. CIT
training being sponsored by the Kansas
Law Enforcement Training Center can be found
on their training calendar at http://www.kletc.org