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CIT IS MORE THAN JUST TRAINING...it's a community program

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, individuals who live with mental illness and/or addiction disorders, their families and other advocates. It is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention training to help persons with mental disorders and/or addictions access medical treatment rather than place them in the criminal justice system due to illness related behaviors.   It also promotes officer safety and the safety of the individual in crisis.

The CIT Model was first developed in Memphis and has spread throughout the country. It is known as the “Memphis Model.” 

CIT is a program that provides the foundation necessary to promote community and statewide solutions to assist individuals with a mental illness and/or addictions. The CIT Model reduces both stigma and the need for further involvement with the criminal justice system. CIT provides a forum for effective problem solving regarding the interaction between the criminal justice and mental health care system and creates the context for sustainable change. 

Research also shows that communities that prescribe to the CIT Program model, have higher success rates in resolving serious crisis situations.

Basic Goals: 

1.  Improve Officer and Consumer Safety 

2.  To help persons with mental disorders and/or addictions access medical treatment rather than place them in the criminal justice system due to illness related behaviors. 

The CIT Program, based on the "Memphis Model", has been spreading across the U.S. and abroad since 1988.  

The following documents are designed to help you learn more about CIT and to also help you start a program in your area.

A sound CIT program based on the "Memphis Model" Core Elements will help strengthen your community in working together to help people who live with mental illness and/or addictions who are in crisis, it will also improve your community mental health system, save lives and bring hope and recovery to those in need.  A strong CIT Program (and not just training) will sustain for years to come.

If you are interested in technical assistance for starting or improving your CIT Program please visit Contact Us and make your request.

Origin of the International CIT Logo

The Silver Ribbon that makes up the “I” in CIT represents the ribbons we so often see for Awareness. The Silver Ribbon trademark is owned by NARSAD Artworks, and in their literature, they represent the ribbon as (1) showing you care about someone with a brain disorder; (2) helping break down barriers to treatment and support; (3) helping eliminate the stigma against those who suffer; and (4) to show you believe there is hope through education and research.

The Silver ribbon is outlined in Navy Blue to indicate “the thin blue line” of law enforcement officers that are entrusted to protect and serve those persons that so desperately need our help and understanding.

 The color purple is featured as this is the color of the Iris, the flower that symbolizes hope for people with mental illness. The purple Iris was featured in many paintings of Vincent Van Gogh during his struggles with mental illness.

The words “Crisis Intervention Team” which circles the outer ring of the logo is in honor of the Memphis Police Department that developed, initiated, and spread this specialized community oriented program that not only improves the lives of mentally ill persons and their families, but law enforcement officers as well.  

And now that CIT has spread to other countries throughout the world the word “International” seems to be appropriate.

Logo Trademarked and Registered by CITI 2017

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID OR CIT?  What should Law Enforcement do?  

A White paper jointly written by CIT International and the National Council for Behavioral Health 

Celebrating CIT...since 1988


CIT International aspires to be a leader in promoting safe and humane responses 

to those experiencing a mental health crisis


Promote community collaboration using the CIT Program to assist people living with

 mental illness and/or addiction who are in crisis

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