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CIT...More than just training

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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...


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Dear CIT International Members and Friends:

CIT International is supporting the efforts of Representatives Kelly (IL) and Napolitano (AZ) in advocating for increased funding to support additional mental health training for law enforcement.  Read More

  Who is CIT International? 

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. 

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What is CIT?

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is an innovative model community initiative that emerged in Memphis, Tennessee that seeks to bridge the gap between law enforcement/first responders and the mental health system.

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Wouldn't you like to belong to an organization of like minded people who are willing to change the status quo for the better?

Become a partner in an international movement to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement response, the lives of persons living with mental illnesses and/or addiction disorders and the services of the mental health and substance abuse service system.

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Interested in Starting Your CIT Program?

In order to start an effective CIT Program, an understanding of the guiding principles and Core Elements is needed. A strong CIT Program is more than just a training curriculum and the several materials have been created to help provide a strong foundation for understanding the CIT model.  

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CIT International Salutes IACP's 

"One Mind Campaign"

and for making CIT Programs a priority



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Sam's Corner

CIT…more than just training Identity and Ownership of CIT --- the MORE AND You can’t have a journey without a Destination

By Sam Cochran, CIT International Chairman www.citinternational.org

I am submitting this message to direct attention to concerns that the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) can be lost and/or underdeveloped as a community program. This message has several different passages of thoughts; none of which are intended to be critical of any one CIT program. Never-the-less, some CIT programs throughout the country have lost or are in jeopardy of losing some of the identifying characteristics of CIT, thereby, this message should be taken as a warning/caution. I will try to be brief as to some concerns of CIT lost (at the national, state, county, and local levels). I also use the word “lost” noting that some CIT programs have fallen short of accomplishing the “MORE” of CIT (the engagement to integrate community partners, funding, policy and mental health services supporting the mission of CIT).  Read more of Sam's Corner

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