Crisis Intervention Teams
What is CIT?
The Crisis Intervention Team (Memphis Model) movement started in Memphis, Tennessee in 1988 and has rapidly grown into more than 600 communities nationwide.
CIT programs represent a local partnership between law enforcement agencies,mental health providers, and consumer and family organizations with two primary objectives: public safety and the diversion of mental health consumers from the criminal justice system and into treatment.
A primary activity of local CIT Councils is providing training for law enforcement officers, whether a police officer, correctional officer, parole or probation officer, regarding an understanding of mental illness, how to work with an individual with mental illness in crisis and what resources to call upon for assistance. With such training and a coordinated effort among CIT Council partner agencies, the likelihood of diverting that individual toward needed mental health treatment is increased. Early and appropriate intervention is the single most important determinant of a healthy recovery which includes putting an end to the revolving door between psychiatric hospitals, the community and the justice system.
CIT programs also operate for the safety of mental health consumers and their family members as well as for the safety of first responders, mental health care providers, and the general public.
CIT Programs in Kansas
There are currently ten CIT programs (Franklin, Leavenworth, Lyon, Johnson, Reno, Saline, Sedgwick, Ford, Shawnee, and Wyandotte counties) operating in Kansas with others being organized. Click here for a link to a listing of the local programs and their contact information.
- Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council: http://www.kansascit.org – Provides information about the CIT program serving Johnson County and for links to CIT training being sponsored by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
- CIT International: http://www.citinternational.org — a nonprofit membership organization established to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of CIT training programs throughout the U.S. and in other nations.
- University of Memphis CIT Center: http://cit.memphis.edu
- The Council of State Governments Justice Center — A repository of information about all aspects of jail diversion, reentry, and enhanced treatment for offenders with mental illness. http://csgjusticecenter.org/mental-health
- The National Gains Center:http://www.samhsa.gov/gains-center — Information about access to community based services for adult’s diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders at all points of contact with the justice system.
- Other NAMI CIT Resources – http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Law-Enforcement-and-Mental-Health/What-Is-CIT
CIT Training Calendar
Please contact NAMI Kansas or any of the local CIT programs for a schedule of upcoming CIT training events in each area. CIT training being sponsored by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center can be found on their training calendar at http://www.kletc.org
Responding to Persons Living with Mental Illness is a five hour online training opportunity which provides an overview for law enforcement officers and dispatchers who, in their duties, are frequently called upon to deal with individuals who are suffering from brain disorders and mental health issues. It is a free course for which participants can receive a certificate of completion. It’s a good introduction to Crisis Intervention Team training for officers who are interested but who cannot commit the time for a 40 hour class.