CIT International

Welcome to CIT International...CIT, more than just training

Now more than ever it is critical we all stay connected to develop, grow and sustain CIT programs across the country and abroad.  

CIT International is pleased to be able to do their part in KEEPING THE CONNECTION by offering the 2020 CIT Conference as an online, virtual experience.

This is a time for so many more people to experience the CIT International conference to learn and network...LEARN MORE

On behalf of the CIT International Board of Directors....

We know this is a very difficult time for communities across the country. In the aftermath of the death of Mr. George Floyd, we are reminded that the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program model emerged out of a partnership of stakeholders that came together following the shooting of an African American man, Mr. Joseph DeWayne Robinson who was experiencing a mental health crisis by a Memphis, TN police officer.  

We, as an organization, believe Mr. Joseph DeWayne Robinson's and Mr. George Floyd's lives mattered, Black Lives Matter, and this country has work to do to address racism and structured inequality.  This work does not fall solely on the shoulders of law enforcement, as racism permeates our entire society.  Thus, it is all our responsibility.  We hope the protests can spur us to work for reconciliation, healing and progress toward eliminating racism.  This is a time for all of us to examine how we might contribute or participate in individual and  structural racism in our society.  Toward that end, below you will find several upcoming resources that you may find useful:

  • Join SAMHSA’s GAINS Center on June 29, 2020, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET, for the Cultural Competence Across the Sequential Intercept Model webinar. This webinar will provide participants with practical strategies to reduce racial and ethnic disproportionality among individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders who are interfacing with the justice system.
  • Another webinar resource is APHA has scheduled a series of webinars- the kick-off webinar of the Advancing Racial Equity series will examine racism and its historic and present-day impact on health and well-being ( The first webinar is next week on Tuesday, June 9th from 2-3:30 ET.  

CIT International is committed to working for race equity in society and supporting it in CIT programs. Stay safe.

Amy C Watson, PhD


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CIT International, Inc. is a nonprofit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development, and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs throughout the U.S. and worldwide in order to promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illnesses, their families, and communities and to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

CIT International works to accomplish this purpose by:

    1. Holding the Annual CIT International Conference with local CIT partners to provide education and networking to help develop, maintain and sustain CIT programs,
    2. Raising public and stakeholder awareness through education and outreach,
    3. Establishing and disseminating recommended standards for developing, implementing and sustaining CIT programs,
    4. Providing technical assistance to communities interested in developing CIT programs,
    5. Supporting research and evaluation of CIT programs to demonstrate their value for communities.


If you and your community are interested in partnering with CIT International to bring our conference to your city or state please let us know.  We have an application process for selecting communities.  Please click APPLICATION or contact Michele Saunders at


CIT International, Inc. aspires to be a leader in promoting safe and humane responses to those experiencing a mental health crisis.


To promote community collaboration using the CIT Program to assist people living with mental illness and/or addiction who are in crisis.


CIT International supports the development and advancement of CIT programs through a defined set of Core Elements.

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