CIT International


Welcome to CIT International

Memphis Model

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The Memphis Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is an innovative police based first responder program that has become nationally known as the “Memphis Model” of pre-arrest jail diversion for those in a mental illness crisis. This program provides law enforcement based crisis intervention training for helping those individuals with mental illness. 


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Please consider joining and becoming involved in CIT at a national and international level.Membership continues at the reasonable individual annual dues of: $25. Joining is easy! Just click the logo. You can do it either on our website or by mail:



About CIT

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"Communities large and small are seeking answers to managing crisis issues and crisis services. When changes are mandated, community collaborations and partnerships are the key. Advocates have long asserted that law enforcement personnel often do not receive adequate mental health training, resulting in ineffective and sometimes fatal encounters or outcomes. In 1988, Memphis introduced the first Crisis Intervention Team as a vital component to the community's demand for safer first responder crisis services..."

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In 2013, the CIT Program will celebrate 25 years since its founding in 1988.


Message from the President

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Mike Woody

As many of you know starting up an organization takes time and the dedication of several people. The board of directors for CIT International have spent count-less hours putting a basic foundation in place such as establishing all the legal and financial requirements to become a 501 (c) 3 organization, creating a basic website and establishing committees to move the organization forward. This is where you as members come in. Now is the time to put all your talents into helping make this organization grow. We need your help on several of the committees that have been established. If interested please contact me at my email address:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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