Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs across the country help direct persons with mental illness into treatment instead of inappropriate incarceration. The forty-hour training provides practical techniques for de-escalating crises. Officers learn to integrate their police training with some different approaches to a person they believe to have a mental disorder. Role playing is utilized to make the experience as close to reality as possible.
NAMI Ohio works in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCoE) in the Department of Psychiatry at the Northeast Ohio Medical University by providing technical assistance in the development and maintenance of CIT programs and criminal justice-mental health collaborations by improving and enhancing CIT resources and information and by providing financial support to consumers, advocates, and family members to participate in CIT training, Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM), criminal justice-mental health steering committees, or other similar activities that ensure meaningful representation of individuals with lived experience.
FOR MORE DETAILS, PLEASE VISIT: www.neomed.edu/cjccoe/cit/
Guidance for CIT Mini-Grants and Law Enforcement Scholarship
The CJ CCoE and NAMI Ohio collaborate to make mini-grants and scholarships available to Ohio CIT training programs. Funding for mini-grants and scholarships is made possible through awards from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
For more information about these grants and how to apply click here