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/