If there’s not a CIT program in your community, you can start one.However, it’s important to keep in mind that CIT is not just a training program.While one outcome of creating a CIT program is training for law enforcement, training is not the only goal.
Equally important, CIT programs provide a forum for partner organizations to coordinate diversion from jails to mental health services.
In many communities, CIT has served as a springboard for a broader collaboration between the criminal justice and mental health systems.
Many CIT programs have included partners from the juvenile justice system, courts, corrections, homeless services, children’s mental health services, the Veterans Administration and others.
Many CIT programs have begun to offer trainings to correctional officers, dispatchers, EMTs, firefighters, school resource officers, hospital safety officers and others.
There are also CIT programs that offer trainings focused on responding to and veterans.
Most CIT programs are started and sustained at the local level.
That means that each community builds its own partnerships and conducts its own training.
If there is a program in your local area, you can find out about it by contacting your local.
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.