Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program
The lack of mental health crisis services across the U.S. has resulted in law enforcement officers serving as first responders to most crises. A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative, community-based approach to improve the outcomes of these encounters.
In over 2,700 communities nationwide, CIT programs create connections between law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency services and individuals with mental illness and their families. Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety.
Click here to watch CIT: Teaching Police How to Respond to a Mental Health Crisis youtube video.
Click here to register for the upcoming July 20-24, 2020 Regular 40-hours CIT class to be held at Southwest Florida Public Service Academy. The CIT class is intended for public safety personnel.