CIT for Corrections and Detention sponsored by BSF, hosted by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office will be hosting training:

Crisis Intervention Team

Mental Health Response for Detention and Corrections

Sponsored by the Barbara Schneider Foundation


Dates: November 2-5, 2015

Times: 0800 - 1700 hrs

Location: Hennepin County Public Safety Facility

401 South 4th Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55415


The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a law enforcement mental health crisis response developed by the Memphis, Tennessee Police Department in 1988. It teaches the de-escalation model of mental health crisis response. This training for corrections and detention staff is a 4-day program developed to address real world situations found in jails and prisons.

In Minnesota, CIT is taught using stop action, scenario based role plays with professional actors. Classroom training is presented by community leaders and professionals in their area of expertise. Participants will learn skills that can be taken back to their facilities and apply them to situations involving persons in custody with a variety of mental health concerns or disruptive behaviors. CIT officers will learn a more humane and calm approach to reduce the likelihood of physical confrontations. 

Much of the curriculum for this class has been promoted in Minnesota by the Barbara Schneider Foundation to improve crisis response since 2000. The Barbara Schneider Foundation uses this training event to build and strengthen collaboration between all the systems that respond to persons at risk for mental health crisis.  The tentative class schedule includes:


Day 1

Overview of Mental Illnesses - Spectrum of Illnesses, Symptoms and Behaviors; Consumer Experience; Overview of Mental Health Resources; Medications- Effectiveness and Limitations; Consumer Experience; De-escalation Skills; Practical Excercises

Day 2

Managing Inmates' Disruptive Behaviors; Tour High Risk Inmate Management Floor; Traumatic Brain Injury; Effective Communication Skills; Suicide in Jails: Case Studies; Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention; Consumer Experience; Practical Excercises

Day 3

Practical Exercises; Use of Force Issues; Co-occurring Substance Abuse; Consumer Experience; Commitment Process; Developmental Disabilities and other Juvenile Disability Issues

Day 4

Veterans Issues; CIT Officers Share Experiences; Consumer Experiences; Excited Delirium; Practical Exercises; Graduation

The training cost is $410.00 per person with registration fees paid directly to the Barbara Schneider Foundation. This training includes scenario based role plays utilizing professional actors from BSF Crisis Actors Troupe and all classroom materials. Lunch will be provided during the training. Your organization will be responsible for any lodging, transportation and other meals as required.

Sign up here.

CIT Coach Class
November 6, 2015

Learn to coach the practical exercises with the actors in CIT training. $150

Sign up here.


       CIT Coach Refresher Class
November 6, 2015

For current coaches who want to maintain and advance their skill level. $75

Sign up here.


 CIT Trainer Class
November 7, 2015

This train the trainer approach will make you a leader in CIT. $150

Sign up here.

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Lodging in downtown Minneapolis includes:           Lodging near Mall of America includes:

Best Western Normandy  612-434-6835                 Country Inn & Suites MOA            952-854-5555

Towne Place Suites           612-340-1000                Holiday Inn MOA      952-854-1687

Holiday Inn Metrodome   800-448-3663                 Embassy Suites           952-854-1000

Embassy Suites                 612-333-3111


The Hiawatha Light Rail operates between the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis. Most hotels in the Mall of America area provide free parking and shuttle service between the hotel and light rail connections. The light rail stops one block away from the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility, as well as other locations between the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis. Additional lodging options can be found at:

http://www.mspairport.com/msp/Shuttles/default.aspx for airport information

http://minneapolis.org/wheretostay/downtown_hotels.asp for locations in downtown Minneapolis and the Mall of America



Seats are limited. If you have any questions, call or e-mail:

Mark Anderson, Executive Director, Barbara Schneider Foundation, 612 801 8572


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