The Crisis Intervention Team
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a community partnership that addresses the needs of mental health consumers who enter the judicial system. The primary goals of CIT are to reduce injuries to officers and mental health consumers during contacts, and to appropriately redirect mental health consumers from the judicial system to the services and support needed to stabilize consumers and reduce contact with police. A component of CIT is a training academy where officers learn to safely handle mental health consumers in crisis.
The acronym “CIT” is often used interchangeably to represent “Crisis Intervention Team” and “crisis intervention training.” For the purposes of these webpages, the acronym “CIT” is intended to represent “Crisis Intervention Team” only. All other training that addresses the topic of mental health will be referred to as “mental health training.”
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