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Course Graduate Membership Spreadsheet

A one year complimentary membership is offered to recent ( 90 day ) CIT course graduates.

The procedure to obtain the complimentary  membership is for the training manager or coordinator to download this spreadsheet, fill it in with the pertinent information and then email the spreadsheet  to the CIT membership email address shown in the spreadsheet.

This spreadshee may be downloaded and after filling out email the spreadsheet to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The application will be processed, whch can require  two to three weeks.

Please include a postal mailing address for each person.  This will be used to send the membership card and logon instructions.

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Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training


Dutiful Minds – Dealing with Mental Illness

Dutiful Minds – Dealing with Mental Illness
By Lt. Michael S. Woody, Ret.01/06/03

How much training have your police officers had in dealing with persons that have mental illness?  I suspect that if your agency is like most, the answer is “Not much”!  Yet, did you know that depending on which article you believe, anywhere from 7 to 15% of the calls to which a police officer responds in this country involve someone with a mental illness?


Memphis Model

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. 


CIT-A Catalyst for Consumers and Cops

Crisis Intervention Training
(CIT): A Catalyst for Consumers and Cops

By Donald G. Turnbaugh, Chair, NAMI Florida Decriminalization Committee

reprinted by permission from The Catalyst, a publication of the Treatment Advocacy Center

"Sometimes, I'm afraid of you," were the words spoken by a consumer when greeting a deputy sheriff at an assisted living facility (ALF). "I'm afraid of you sometimes, too," was the deputy's response. This friendly exchange occurred when neither was afraid, nor in crisis, as on this day, both were participants in a discussion group consisting of persons with mental illness, case managers, and law enforcement officers, who were on all-day visits to various facilities ranging from day-treatment programs to ALF's. These visits, in March and August 1999, were part of Florida's first-ever 40-hour training courses entitled: Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for Law Enforcement Officers conducted in Pinellas County (Clearwater, Largo) and attended by 95 deputies and police officers from 15 agencies encompassing four counties in the Tampa Bay area. During the five consecutive days of specialized training, they are instructed how to professionally and properly deal with persons with mental illness in crisis.

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