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August 26-28, 2019

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Call for presentations OPEN-submission deadline March 16, 2019

  NOW AVAILABLE!!! The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration   (SAMHSA) announces the release of a guide to support  communities in evaluating their CIT programs. CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM (CIT) Methods for Using Data to Inform Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for download from the SAMHSA Store. CIT International  played a key role in the development of this publication. We are grateful to SAMHSA and our project partners at GAINS Center/Policy Research Associates, Inc and the National Council Behavioral Health for making the guide possible and supporting communities in their CIT program efforts.


by Major (ret.) Sam Cochran

CIT:  "The More"

Enhancing Training

CIT International has produced 3 Position Papers that address many 

issues facing communities pertaining to CIT Training

CIT:  A Generalist/Specialist Model

CIT:  Not in Pre-service Academy

CIT:  Non-Law Enforcement participants in CIT Training

  A Tribute to Dr. Fred Frese


  CIT International is saddened by the loss of one of its prominent board members…Dr. Fred Frese

  The CIT International Board joins the world in mourning the death of Fred Frese, Ph.D.  A friend and colleague, Dr. Frese served on our Board of   Directors starting 2011. Among his many advocacy efforts was the promotion of CIT programs, which he did with his well-known engaging and     poignant style that combined humor and intellect.   We plan to spend some time at our Conference in August remembering and honoring             Fred’s contribution to our shared mission. 

  In the meantime, please see these thoughtful tributes:

  NAMI Mourns Fred Frese


  A Tribute by Author Pete Earley


  Fred Frese: A Great Man by the Treatment Advocacy Center


CIT International joins partners on Serving Safely: 

The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities (click here for press release)

Vera Institute of Justice, in cooperation with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is launching Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities a new initiative designed to improve collaborative responses for people with mental illnesses and intellectual and developmental disabilities who come into contact with the police to improve outcomes and the safety for all involved parties.  Partners on the initiative include: CIT International; the American College of Emergency Physicians; The Arc; National Alliance on Mental Illness; National Disability Rights Network; Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence; Dr. Amy Watson, University of Illinois, Chicago and Dr. Michael Compton.

 Agencies can find additional information and request technical assistance from the initiative by filling out the request form on the Serving Safely Initiative website.

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 International Salutes IACP's 

"One Mind Campaign"

and for making CIT Programs a priority

Read More... 


NEWS:  Check out Important new CIT   Research


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


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