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Law Enforcement Training

"What I can tell you is that over a career in law enforcement involving investigating numerous vulnerable cases, many of them with mental illness, 10 years on the swat team as a negotiator, and dealing with numerous citizens with severe mental illness, the best training I have received to deal with those suffering mental illnesses has been the CIT training and training from the Barbara Schneider Foundation. That is why I’m as passionate about this training as I am. "

Jon G. Christianson, MHCRI CIT trainer and coach


  • 40 Hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training

 As Ret. Major Sam Cochran, Co-Chairman of CIT International, says, "CIT is more than just training." 

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention with community, health care, consumer and advocacy partnerships. The CIT Model was first developed in Memphis and has spread throughout the country. It is known as the "Memphis Model."

CIT provides law enforcement-based crisis intervention training for assisting those individuals with a mental illness, and improves the safety of patrol officers, consumers, family members, and citizens within the community. CIT is a program that provides the foundation necessary to promote community and statewide solutions to assist individuals with a mental illness. The CIT Model reduces both stigma and the need for further involvement with the criminal justice system. CIT provides a forum for effective problem solving regarding the interaction between the criminal justice and mental health care system and creates the context for sustainable change.

Basic Goals:  

  1. Improve Officer, Consumer and Community Safety
  2. Redirect Individuals with Mental Illness from the Judicial System to the Health Care System

    Partnerships: Law Enforcement, Advocacy, Mental Health

  1. Central to the formation and success of CIT is the role of the Law Enforcement Community. Trained CIT Officers are able to interact with crisis situations using de-escalation techniques that improve the safety of the officer, consumer, and family members. In addition, the law enforcement community is able to provide care and help to consumers by transporting individuals in need of special treatment to appropriate facilities. It is also critical that law enforcement participate in the formation of CIT and engage in all elements of the planning and implementation stages.
  2. Participation from the Consumer and Advocate Community is critical to the success of CIT. This aspect of CIT brings the program to life by adding insight from those directly affected. This important partnership should be established early in the planning process and should continue as an ongoing operational element of CIT.
  3. Mental Health Professionals plays an important role in the successful implementation, development, and ongoing sustainability of CIT. These professionals provide treatment, education and training that result in a wide dissemination of knowledge and expertise to both individuals with a mental illness and patrol officers undergoing CIT training.

The Mental Health Crisis Response Institute uses trained CIT law enforcement trainers to conduct CIT trainings.  Daily practical exercises with professional actors are used in the CIT training for realistic experiences to build de-escalation skills.   Click here for training curriculum.

$650 per person for the 40 hour, five day CIT class.  Check here for class time and location.  

Post credits available. Register online here.

  • Introduction to De-escalation for Law Enforcement 

Required to complete online course in preparation for this training. 

* Click here to download "Online Mental Illness Training for Law Enforcement: Easy Access to a Difficult Topic." By Deborah A. Eckberg, Ph.D.

(This article was published by and is reprinted with the permission of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. )

8 hour class. $150 per student, Discounts available for large groups.

Post credits available.

  • Annual CIT Refresher Training

Update your de-escalation skills and learn about responding to special populations.

4 hour class. $75 per student. Discounts available for large groups.

Post credits available.  Register online here.

For more information on available classes see: Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training for Law Enforcement

  • 911 Call Taker and Dispatcher Training

This training is available to any 911 system that wants to update call taker and dispatcher training to improve dispatch of CIT officers to mental health 911 calls.

8 hour class.

  • CIT Facilitator/Coach Training

This is advanced level CIT training for CIT officers who are interested in learning new skills or in leading CIT role play training. Class open to CIT trained officers only.

8 hour class. $150 per student. Discounts available for large groups. Check here for class time and location.

For more information on available classes see: Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training for Law Enforcement

Post credits available. Register online here.

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