What is CIT?
CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.
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In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, NAMI has been flooded with questions about how to recognize mental health conditions and keep schools safe. Read More Ľ
On TV, huge teams of police officers race to a crime scene. The truth is, most police serve small towns and are working with limited resources. These agencies need NAMI more than ever!Read More Ľ
Jayette Lansbury's son pled insanity to a crime and has been in a secure psychiatric hospital for fifteen years, longer than the prison term he would have served if convicted. Read More Ľ
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Voices of CIT
Learn about CIT from the source: officers, individuals and families affected by CIT.
Retired police officer Eric Weaver battled PTSD, suicide and other mental illnesses. He says, “Officers are only people. People that are asked to do a very tough job, but people nonetheless.”
Our contributors answer the questions: Why did you get involved in CIT? What’s makes a CIT officer’s response different in a crisis?
Ask a Cop is a new column produced by NAMI’s CIT Center, answering common questions about law enforcement and mental health issues.
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Implementing CIT in Your Community
What you need to know about CIT and getting a program started in your community. Including guides, toolkits and FAQs.
A comprehensive guide to implementing CIT for Youth provides detailed information, worksheets and templates for local communities.
The University of Memphis CIT Center's national directory can help you find a CIT program with their State and County program map.
University of Memphis CIT Center
The International Association of Chiefs of Police