Crisis Intervention Team



Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa 

A Regional Conference 

October 26, 2017

8:30 am - 5 pm


Location:    Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, Cowles Auditorium 
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 

CIT does not stand for "Crisis Intervention Training" as many believe but "Crisis Intervention Team".   CIT is an innovative first responder model of mental health crisis intervention and prevention with community, law enforcement, healthcare and advocacy partnerships.  There is much more to CIT than just training. CIT is a program that provides the foundation necessary to promote community and statewide solutionson how torecognize, prevent, manage and de-escalate mental health crisis. CIT provides a forum for effective problem solving regarding the interaction between the criminal justice and mental healthcare systems and creates the context for sustainable change in communities, counties, states and nationally. Indigenous communities on reservations and in urban communities have also gotten involved through the program: Indigenizing Crisis Intervention Teams in Indian Country

This conference will provide opportunities for CIT practitioners and community and state leaders to discuss collaborations that will build safe, strong, healthy communities where everyone can recover and live in wellness.


Featured Speakers:




Opening remarks:

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo joined the force in 1989 as a patrol officer in the 3rd Precinct.  He has served as a School Resource Officer and a Northside beat officer.  He also has internal affairs and property-crime investigation experience. He has served as inspector for the 1st Precinct, Deputy Chief and Chief of Staff.  Chief Arradondo received his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University and holds a Master's Degree in Human Services from Concordia University. He is a graduate pf the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  Chief Arrodondo is also a proud graduate of Minneapolis Roosevelt High School.  





Major Sam Cochran (ret.) is nationally known for his work developing the CIT model. He was the Coordinator of the Memphis Police Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) which started in 1988 from an outpouring of community partnerships. He holds a Masters Degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi. He retired from the Memphis Police Department after 33 years of service which include numerous assignments including Coordinator of the Memphis Hostage Negotiation Team. Retiring in 2008, Major Cochran joined the University of Memphis as a CIT Project Grant Coordinator and as Coordinator of the CIT Center. Major Cochran is passionately engaged in many services promoting CIT as a community program – more than just training. In addition to receiving the City University of New York (CUNY) John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement News Person of the Year Award (2000), the National Alliance on Mental Illness named an annual law enforcement advocacy award after Major Cochran.


Keynote Abstract:  CIT and The Community: Partnerships, Responsibility, Accountability and "MORE" 

Defining CIT is sometimes erroneously presented as "only" a law enforcement program. It is important for communities and partnerships to define, structure and implement their CIT model beyond limitation of "just" training. This presentation gives understanding of CIT in terms of a community identity and ownership. The MORE of CIT will also include some real, contemporary experiences where CIT lost its identity & community ownership & failed in efforts to sustain CIT as a true community program.








Gene Tyon is the Director of Oaye Luta Okolakiciye, a non-profit cultural based safehouse/crisis-center and addiction healing program that provides Cultural based prevention, intervention and continuum of care services to Rapid City, SD, and surrounding Indian resevations.  Mr. Tyon is from Oglala, SD, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  He focuses on reconnecting cultural values in healing from alcohol and drug addiction, historical, intergenerational trauma, understanding why it compounds personal trauma.  He utilizes a cultural therapy approach networking with mainstream therapy and developing a curriculum for prevention, intervention and restoration.  





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