CIT International


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CIT International

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CIT International is a non-profit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team CIT programs throughout the United States and in other nations worldwide in order to promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities and also to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

CIT International works to accomplish this purpose by raising public and stakeholder awareness through education and outreach, establishing and disseminating recommended standards for developing, implementing and sustaining crisis intervention programs, providing assistance to communities interested in developing CIT programs, supporting research, improving public health and safety, evaluation of CIT programs and partnering with CIT programs in various localities to hold annual International CIT Conferences.

CIT CORE Elements   (click link for full text)

1. Partnerships: Law Enforcement, Advocacy, Mental Health

A. Law Enforcement Community

B. Advocacy Community

C. Mental Health Community

2. Community Ownership: Planning, Implementation & Networking

A. Planning Groups

B. Implementation

C. Networking

3. Policies and Procedures

A. CIT Training

B. Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures

C. Mental Health Emergency Policies and Procedures


CIT and CIT Startup

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So You Want to Start a CIT Program?

To find out more click the Learn More      



Conference 2016

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April 25-27, 2016
Chicago, IL 

altJoin CIT International and its Chicago partners as we host the 2016 CIT International Conference. This conference will prove to be another exciting meeting that brings informative national speakers, a variety of workshops, a time to develop or improve your CIT programs and the opportunity to network and learn from others.

The conference will be held at the beautiful and historic Chicago Hilton Downtown. The hotel overlooks Lake Michigan and is close to its many famous cultural sites. Chicago has a lot to offer so plan to bring the family and stay a few days.

Conference website click here.


Memphis Model

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The Memphis Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is an innovative police based first responder program that has become nationally known as the “Memphis Model” of pre-arrest jail diversion for those in a mental illness crisis. This program provides law enforcement based crisis intervention training for helping those individuals with mental illness. 

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