What is CIT International?
Become a Member
Wouldn't you like to belong to an organization of like minded people who are willing to change the status quo for the better?
Become a partner in an international movement to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement , the lives of persons living with mental illnesses and/or addiction disorders and the services of the mental health and substance abuse service system.
Interested in Starting Your CIT Program?
In order to start an effective CIT Program, an understanding of the guiding principles and Core Elements is needed. A strong CIT Program is more than just a training curriculum and the several materials have been created to help provide a strong foundation for understanding the CIT model.
Communities large and small are seeking answers to managing crisis issues and crisis services. When changes are mandated, community collaborations and partnerships are the key. Advocates have long asserted that law enforcement personnel do not receive adequate mental health training, resulting in ineffective and sometimes fatal encounters or outcomes. In 1988, Memphis introduced the first crisis intervention team as a component to the community’s demand for safer, first responder crisis services. CIT partnerships led to changes in existing systems and stimulated the development of new infrastructures for services. Suicide attempts and mental health crisis concerns are recognized as a priority. Crises are about people, about our community, our families, our friends, and our loved ones. CIT is founded on principles of dignity, understanding, kindness, hope and dedication.
Major Sam Cochran, Ret