Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs across the country help direct persons with mental illness into treatment instead of inappropriate incarceration. The forty-hour training provides practical techniques for de-escalating crises. Officers learn to integrate their police training with some different approaches to a person they believe to have a mental disorder. Role playing is utilized to make the experience as close to reality as possible.
Ohio’s CIT Strategic Plan was written by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CJ CCoE) in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio, the Office of Criminal Justice Services, and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in order to provide a roadmap to continue development of Crisis Intervention Teams in Ohio. The plan identifies strategies beyond training to build key elements that will strengthen CITs and their foundation for success. The ultimate goal is to have a fully developed CIT program in every county, with every law enforcement agency within the county participating.
2019 CIT International Conference
The 2019 CIT International Conference was held on August 26-28, 2019 in Seattle Washington. On Monday, August 26, Peg’s Foundation sponsored lunch for Ohio participants, which allowed for group networking and a photo!
Represented in the Photo: Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence, Delaware and Morrow Counties, Franklin County, Hancock County, Lorain County, Peg’s Foundation, Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, Stark County, Summit County, Warren and Clinton Counties, and Wayne County.
Not Represented in the Photo: Cuyahoga County, Hamilton County, Lorain County Community College, and Portage County
Ohio CIT in the News
Criminal Justice and Mental Health
On June 13, 2019 arranged by WOSU Radio, Michael Woody, Ohio CIT Coordinator/Law Enforcement Liaison for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence, shared airtime with Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Project Director for Ohio Stepping Up Initiative, to discuss CIT and Ohio’s Stepping Up Initiative. To listen to the talk, visit WOSU.
Ohio officers recognized for 20 years of CIT service
Forty-nine Ohio law enforcement officers were recognized for 20 years of service as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officers last week. Each officer received a certificate of appreciation signed by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a special commemorative 20-year CIT pin and a letter of gratitude from leadership of the partners that advance and support CIT in Ohio: the Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CJ CCoE), the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio (NAMI Ohio) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).
“CIT programs are collaborative efforts between law enforcement and mental health systems to help officers direct people with mental illness to treatment instead of unnecessary incarceration. The forty-hour CIT training provides practical techniques for safely de-escalating mental health crises. Officers learn to integrate some different approaches with their police training when responding to a person they believe to have a mental illness,” says Michael S. Woody, a retired Akron Police Department lieutenant and past president of CIT International.
Lt. Woody and Mark Munetz, M.D., Northeast Ohio Medical University professor and chair emeritus of psychiatry, were the lead proponents of bringing CIT to Ohio in 2000. “From just two counties with CIT programs in 2000, we reached an incredible milestone about a year ago. Today all 88 Ohio counties have trained CIT officers. In addition, more than 16,000 professionals have been trained throughout Ohio, of which nearly 12,000 are sworn law enforcement officers,” says Dr. Munetz.
Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio Evelyn Lundberg Stratton played a key role in spreading CIT throughout Ohio. “We are all so grateful to these officers for volunteering to serve as Ohio’s first CIT officers and for setting examples of dedication and professionalism for the many others who followed. So many individuals with mental illness, their families and friends and their communities rely on CIT officers to ensure safe, compassionate interactions and access to mental health care throughout the recovery process,” says Justice Stratton.
Of the 80 officers who completed one of the three CIT training courses held in Ohio in 2000 – two in Summit and one in Lucas County – 49 (61 percent) remain active with CIT today: 27 across seven jurisdictions in Summit County, 18 in Toledo (Lucas County), two in Hancock County (one each in Findlay P.D. and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office) and two in Lancaster P.D. (Fairfield County).
“Today, CIT in Ohio is truly more than training; it is a community partnership. The CJ CCoE and NAMI Ohio are pleased to partner in providing technical assistance and guidance to promote implementation and expansion of CIT in Ohio, and are grateful to our many partners and supporters,” says Ruth H. Simera, executive director of the NEOMED Coordinating Centers of Excellence, and Terry Russell, executive director of NAMI Ohio. “Lt. Woody, Dr. Munetz and Justice Stratton continue to be passionate CIT champions. Other CIT partners include the Office of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, the Office of Criminal Justice Services, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and many others.”
The Courier: Hancock County Local officers honored – May, 29 2020
REMEMBERING cleveland police capt. james purcell: justin herdman
On May 10, 2020 a guest column in cleveland.com recognized the police-mental health partnership occurring in Ohio and Captain Purcell. To read the column, visit cleveland.com.
When mental health crises arise, columbus police brings social workers along
On December 23, 2019 WOSU Public Media recognized the collaboration between Columbus Division of Police, Franklin County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, and Netcare’s mobile crisis response. To read the article, visit WOSU Public Media.
Ohio CIT Coordinators Course
The Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence provided an Ohio CIT Coordinator Course on May 2017, December 2017, May 2018, and March 22, 2019. The four courses hosted 108 participants, 105 of whom completed the full course, representing 34 Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board areas and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The map below illustrates Ohio counties that have had representatives complete a CIT Coordinator Course either in Ohio or through CIT International. The Ohio curriculum was based directly on the 10 Core Elements that makes CIT so successful and consisted of panel discussions from rural and urban CIT programs throughout Ohio. At the end of the day, participants understood why the motto of CIT International is “CIT – More Than Just Training!”
March 22, 2019 Ohio CIT Coordinator Course Participants
May 18, 2018 Ohio CIT Coordinator Course Participants
December 11, 2017 Ohio CIT Coordinator Course ParticipantsMay 30, 2017 Ohio CIT Coordinators Course Participants