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.
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 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