|98% of those who take the Mental Health Crisis CIT training say it is "excellent" or "very good"
Law Enforcement Training
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
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."
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.
- Improve Officer, Consumer and Community
- Redirect Individuals with Mental
Illness from the Judicial System to the Health Care System
Law Enforcement, Advocacy, Mental Health
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.
- 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.
- 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.