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The Mental Health Crisis Response Institute brings all of the Barbara Schneider Foundation's training programs under one roof to make it easier to access trainings and to strengthen our mission and goals.  Mental health disorders are a common health problem.  We view a mental health crisis as a health care event.  All those that support individuals with a mental health issues need training for their particular role as a provider or supporter to work within the legal framework of their positions. 

Collaboration among the systems is key to preventing mental health crisis and supporting recovery.  Trainings are provided for police; detention and corrections; social service and mental health professionals; EMS; nursing and allied health staff; those who work with veterans; attorneys and judges; educators; transport; communities; families and anyone else who lives or works with people with mental health issues.

The Barbara Schneider Foundation created the Mental Health Crisis Response Institute to continue to grow its training mission by partnering with expert trainers and local agencies to address the concrete needs of those who encounter a person in crisis.   Trainings are customized to meet the particular needs of students.

Our Mission

To provide the best quality training available to first responders so they will be able to safely respond to a mental health crisis at any time and will work with the community to resolve each situation in a manner that shows concern for the person in crisis' wellbeing.

Our Goals

  • Safety is always our top priority. Safety of the crisis responder, safety of the person in crisis and safety of friends, family members, and the community.

  • Promote a respectful and inclusive working and training environment.

  • Promote patient-centered training and care focused on prevention, management, recovery and wellness.

  • Provide realistic practical exercises of mental health crisis situations.

  • Incorporate the latest research, data, and best practices from SAMHSA in the training.

  • Always have a person from law enforcement, a mental health professional, an advocate and a person who lives with a mental illness providing knowledge and direction on the training so we can provide our clients the most accurate and effective knowledge and skills about crisis intervention. (Core Element of Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.)

  • Develop community partnerships among law enforcement, mental health professionals, consumers and advocates to sustain the crisis intervention team (C.I.T.) program.

  • Reduce or eliminate the need for the use of seclusion and restraints.


Our trainers offer the benefits of years of experience gained from previous or current positions as:
Law enforcement officers
Correction officers
Probation officers
Mental health providers
Healthcare providers
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
University faculty
Community leaders 

We are an equal opportunity employer and are members in good standing of CIT International.