A pre-booking Jail Diversion Program
CIT is a community-based collaboration between law enforcement, mental health agencies, consumers and family members, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Charlotte, and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).
Law Enforcement Officers are frequently front-line responders to persons in crisis with a serious mental illness. In an effort to better prepare officers to respond to these individuals, a number of communities (more than 500 in the US) have developed a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program. These initiatives are modeled after the parent program which began in 1988 in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Three Components of CIT Programs:
- Intensive training - Police officers and other first responders receive up to 40 hours of training regarding mental illness, co-occurring disorders, and response strategies.
- Strong mental health partnerships – Police and mobile crisis workers who respond to people in crisis seek viable options for linking individuals with mental health treatment in lieu of arrest.
- Significant mental health consumer and family involvement - Consumer and family advocates are integrally involved in the design and implementation of local CIT programs.
CIT is a specialized law enforcement response to people in serious mental health crisis. Carefully selected volunteer patrol officers receive Crisis Intervention Team training in a 40-hour certification course where they learn:
- Recognizing signs of mental illness for persons in crisis
- Basic diagnosis and medication knowledge
- Verbal de-escalation skills
- Community resource information
- How CIT works and how it fits into each department’s operations
- Family member or other person calls 911 for mental health crisis.
- Patrol Officer dispatched; when mental health crisis is identified CIT officer is called to the scene.
- CIT Officer assesses situation utilizing verbal de-escalation and other learned skills then determines best course of action; if more extensive mental health assessment is needed Mobile Crisis can be called to the scene.
- Mental health consumer receives appropriate services while coordination with Criminal Justice System maintains accountability.
Upcoming CIT Dates
- November 10-14, 2014
- February 16-20, 2015
- May 4-8, 2015
- August 10-14, 2015
- November 2-6, 2015
Captain Ryan Butler, CMPD Executive Sponsor, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, 704-301-8945
Sarah M. Greene, LCSW, Program Administrator, Trauma and Justice Partnerships, Mecklenburg County Provided Services Organization, 704-336-2944
Lisa Murray, CIT Coordinator, Trauma and Justice Partnerships, Mecklenburg County Provided Services Organization, 704-534-3238
Charlotte Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 704-333-8218, email@example.com
CIT Center at the University of Memphis
NAMI CIT Center