CIT International is a non-profit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team CIT programs throughout the United States and in other nations 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 illness, their families and communities and also to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
CIT International works to accomplish this purpose by raising public and stakeholder awareness through education and outreach, establishing and disseminating recommended standards for developing, implementing and sustaining crisis intervention programs, providing assistance to communities interested in developing CIT programs, supporting research, improving public health and safety, evaluation of CIT programs and partnering with CIT programs in various localities to hold annual International CIT Conferences.
CIT CORE Elements
1. Partnerships: Law Enforcement, Advocacy, Mental Health
A. Law Enforcement Community
B. Advocacy Community
C. Mental Health Community
2. Community Ownership: Planning, Implementation & Networking
A. Planning Groups
3. Policies and Procedures
A. CIT Training
B. Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures
C. Mental Health Emergency Policies and Procedures