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The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program was developed in 1988 in response to a tragic incident. In 1987, police officers in Memphis, Tennessee fatally shot a suicidal person who was cutting himself with a knife and who approached the officers while holding the knife. There was a public outcry after the shooting. As a result, a partnership was established between the Memphis Police Department and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Mission The mission of the Crisis Intervention Team is to use understanding and skills gained through specific training to identify and provide the most effective and compassionate response possible to police situations involving people experiencing a mental health crisis.
Benefits of CIT Police departments nationwide have experienced significant benefits as a result of using the CIT model:
Less need for the use of lethal force
Reduction of officer injuries
Reduction of injuries to mental health consumers
Reduction in SWAT call outs
Reduction in time “off patrol”
Reduction in civil litigation
Reduction in emergency room visits
Decrease in involuntary commitments
Increase in jail diversion
Increase in community relations
Crisis Intervention Partner (CIP)
Due to the success of the CIT Program, a shorter version was implemented - Crisis Intervention Partner (CIP). CIP is offered to anyone working with individuals with a mental illness, i.e. social workers, teachers, emergency room technicians, and correctional officers.
For more information about providing CIT/CIP Training call NAMI Greater Milwaukee at
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