A Tribute to Dr. Fred Frese
CIT International is saddened by the loss of one of its prominent board members…Dr. Fred Frese
The CIT International Board joins the world in mourning the death of Fred Frese, Ph.D. A friend and colleague, Dr. Frese served on our Board of Directors starting 2011. Among his many advocacy efforts was the promotion of CIT programs, which he did with his well-known engaging and poignant style that combined humor and intellect. We plan to spend some time at our Conference in August remembering and honoring Fred’s contribution to our shared mission.
In the meantime, please see these thoughtful tributes:
by Major (ret.) Sam Cochran
CIT: "The More"
CIT International has produced 3 Position Papers that address many
issues facing communities pertaining to CIT Training
The NAMI National Convention is one of the largest annual gatherings of mental health advocates in the nation. The 2018 NAMI National Convention will convene at the Sheraton New Orleans on Canal St. in the heart of New Orleans, June 27 -30.
For information about the convention program, featured presenters and events visit 2018 NAMI National Convention
NW Regional CIT
8th Annual Northwest Regional CIT Conference will be held October 9-12, 2018, at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA. For more details Click Here
CIT International on CSPAN
On April 13, 2018, CIT International 2nd Vice President Ron Bruno participated on a panel hosted by the New York University Law School's Center on the Administration of Criminal Law.
CIT International Vice President Don Kamin is a featured expert in the WalletHub report
CIT International joins partners on Serving Safely:
The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities (click here for press release)
Vera Institute of Justice, in cooperation with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is launching Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities a new initiative designed to improve collaborative responses for people with mental illnesses and intellectual and developmental disabilities who come into contact with the police to improve outcomes and the safety for all involved parties. Partners on the initiative include: CIT International; the American College of Emergency Physicians; The Arc; National Alliance on Mental Illness; National Disability Rights Network; Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence; Dr. Amy Watson, University of Illinois, Chicago and Dr. Michael Compton.
Agencies can find additional information and request technical assistance from the initiative by filling out the request form on the Serving Safely Initiative website.
A Message from your CIT International Board of Directors
An important message from CIT International regarding use of appropriate language when we refer to people affected by mental illness
Language awareness when we speak and write about individuals with mental illnesses is profoundly important. We should not tolerate use of mental illness labels and insults that dehumanize people. Research indicates that how we refer to people affects how we treat people. Read More...
Starting a CIT Program?
In order to start an effective CIT Program, a solid understanding of the guiding principles and Core Elements is necessary. A strong CIT Program is much more than just a training curriculum. Learn more about how to build a strong foundation for understanding the CIT model. Learn More Now