A Message from your CIT International Board of Directors
An important message from CIT International regarding use of appropriate language when we refer to people affected by mental illness
Language awareness when we speak and write about individuals with mental illnesses is profoundly important. We should not tolerate use of mental illness labels and insults that dehumanize people. Research indicates that how we refer to people affects how we treat people. Read More...
CIT…more than just training Identity and Ownership of CIT --- the MORE AND You can’t have a journey without a Destination
By Sam Cochran, CIT International Chairman www.citinternational.org
I am submitting this message to direct attention to concerns that the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) can be lost and/or underdeveloped as a community program. This message has several different passages of thoughts; none of which are intended to be critical of any one CIT program. Never-the-less, some CIT programs throughout the country have lost or are in jeopardy of losing some of the identifying characteristics of CIT, thereby, this message should be taken as a warning/caution. I will try to be brief as to some concerns of CIT lost (at the national, state, county, and local levels). I also use the word “lost” noting that some CIT programs have fallen short of accomplishing the “MORE” of CIT (the engagement to integrate community partners, funding, policy and mental health services supporting the mission of CIT). Read more of Sam's Corner
Starting a CIT Program?
In order to start an effective CIT Program, a solid understanding of the guiding principles and Core Elements is necessary. A strong CIT Program is much more than just a training curriculum. Learn more about how to build a strong foundation for understanding the CIT model. Learn More Now