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Crisis Intervention Training

Colorado POST

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The Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) model was developed in 1988 in Memphis, Tennessee, as a partnership between the police department, advocacy groups for people with mental illness, mental health treatment providers, and other community stakeholders. The goals of CIT were to train law enforcement officers in the recognition of mental illness, to enhance their verbal crisis de-escalation skills, and to provide more streamlined access to community-based mental health services. The Memphis community soon realized the benefits of this advanced course of training through dramatic declines in injury rates among both citizens and police officers, decreased utilization of the SWAT team to resolve crisis situations and – when safe and appropriate – the diversion of people with mental illness from incarceration to community-based mental health services.

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