CIT (Crisis Intervention Teams) is a model program designed to improve the outcomes of police interactions with people with mental illnesses.
CIT is a community collaboration, not just a training program. CIT officers are trained to prevent crises, and to de-escalate a crisis when it occurs. But, CIT is not just training. CIT is only effective when law enforcement, the mental health system and consumer and family advocates collaborate to make sure that when officers divert someone, the treatment system is willing and able to provide appropriate treatment.
CIT works for law enforcement. CIT provides officers tools for responding more safely and compassionately to people with serious mental illness. CIT gives officers options other than arrest and incarceration when they encounter people with mental illness. It improves public safety and reduces officer injuries, while reducing the amount of time officers spend dealing with mental disturbance calls. CIT officers report that they are more satisfied with CIT than with other jail diversion approaches.
CIT works for consumers. CIT improves consumers’ safety: through the use of de-escalation techniques, officers can help prevent a crisis from deteriorating to the point where the use of force is likely. When they encounter a CIT officer, consumers are more likely to be transferred to treatment, to stay out of jails and emergency rooms, and receive treatment in the community.
CIT frees up public resources. By diverting people with serious mental illness from jails, CIT helps ensure that jails are used to incarcerate criminals, not people who require treatment. CIT also saves public resources by preventing people from deteriorating to the point they are incarcerated or require costly emergency services. Finally, CIT saves police time and money by creating an efficient system for transferring people from law enforcement custody to mental health treatment.
NAMI CIT Facts (PDF File)
NAMI CIT Criminalization Facts (PDF File)
March 28, 2010 Spokesman Review - Mental Health Lesson
March 2, 2010 Coeur dAlene Press - Responders Learn to Recognize Mentally Ill
March 22, 2009 Bonner County Daily Bee - Cops, EMTs Receive "Crisis Call" Training
March 4, 2009 Boundary County Digest - Page 5, North Idaho Cops Trained for Crisis Intervention
February 23, 2009 Rural Northwest - North Idaho Cops Trained for Crisis Intervention
December 7, 2008 Bonner County Daily Bee - CIT Gives Officers New Tools for Crisis Response
December 2008 NAMI Athens, Ohio News and Events - Better Than Ever! CIT Training 2008
November 20, 2008 The Athens News - Training Helps Locals Cops, Caregivers Handle Mentally Ill With Understanding
November 2008 NAMI Athens, Ohio News and Events - Athens CIT Attracts Out-of-State Attention
October 30, 2008 - Pete Earley "CRAZY" Book Events
October 28, 2008 Bonner County Daily Bee - Renowned Author Highlights Mental Illness Program
October 18, 2008 Spokesman Review - NAMI Far North Fills Need in Bonner, Boundary Counties
October 5, 2008 Bonner County Daily Bee - Grant Will Help Fund Crisis Intervention Training
October 1, 2008 River Journal - Mental Health Support
September 17, 2008 Idaho Department of Health and Welfare - State Awards $1 Million to Five Communities to Improve Mental Health Services
July 23, 2008 Rural Northwest - Group Touts Law Enforcement Training for Crisis Intervention Team
July 19, 2008 Spokesman Review - Law Enforcement Views CIT Program
May 25, 2008 Bonner County Daily Bee - Lacking Treatment Options, Mentally Ill Go To Jail