CIT Training

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Since 2010 I’ve been working with the Barbara Schneider Foundation’s Mental Health Crisis Response Institute as a CIT Actor / Trainer. Professional memberships include: CIT International & the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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

Role playing is an important part of CIT training and should be included in every curriculum. Those who have implemented CIT training recommend at least 25 percent of the total training time be dedicated to role playing exercises so law enforcement/corrections officers and mental health professionals can practice the de-escalation skills they learn.

Role playing allows participants to see how the concepts they’re learning can be applied to the real-life scenarios during training and to interactions they have with the general public in the community.

What do you think?