Crisis Intervention Team Training

The WSCJTC provides training for criminal justice personnel responding to people in a mental health crisis.  Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT), involves working in a team with mental health practitioners, law enforcement, medical personnel, and other first responders.  The focus is to provide the best services possible to the individual in a mental health crisis.

In 2008, the WSCJTC created a curriculum manual with suggested course materials on CIT.  The WSCJTC also has the following informational guides available by request.

  • Crisis Intervention Training Suggested Course Materials Manual - WSCJTC 053108
  • Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses, Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) 2008
  • A Guide to Implementing Police-Based Diversion Programs for People with Mental Illness, Melissa Reuland, January 2004, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Crisis Intervention Team Resources

There are many CIT resources available nationwide. This CIT Resource Page lists local, county, state, and national resources. This listing is for resource purposes only and is not endorsed or supported by the WSCJTC. 

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For conference details and deadlines, please visit the CIT International Conference home page.  Additionally, please see the following opportunities:

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TRAINING COURSES

Course Name Course Number Description Cost
8074 This is a 16-hour class, designed to train dispatchers and call takers on how to respond more effectively to persons in mental health crisis or with substance use issues None
8076 This 8-hour class is designed to train police officers and mental health experts who have already been trained in the 40 hour, adult CIT model, and who have a role in CIT training in their department or region. 

None

8070 This 40-hour class is designed to educate King County law enforcement officers on issues related to becoming a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer. None
8062 This 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team Training class is designed to educate law enforcement officers on becoming a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer. None
8071 This is an 8-hour class to educate law enforcement officers on issues related to Crisis Intervention. This course will provide updated materials, skills, and public relations in regards to dealing with mentally ill individuals while on duty. None
5509 This is an 8-hour class to educate law enforcement officers related to Crisis Intervention. This course will provide up to date materials, skills, and public relations information on dealing with mentally ill individuals. None
8069 This course is designed to inform, educate and/or reiterate the best practices for dealing with detainees that may go through a crisis while in custody. The intent of this course is to understand, recognize, and discuss the techniques and skills needed for dealing with detainees and subjects in mental health crisis.  None
8068 This is an 8-hour class to educate fire/EMS personnel on issues related to Crisis Intervention. This course will provide updated materials, skills, and public relations in regards to responding to individuals in behavioral health crisis. None
8080 This is an 8-hour class to educate law enforcement officers on issues related to Crisis Intervention. The course is designed to provide training to law enforcement professionals to use appropriate force options when dealing with someone in mental health crisis.

None

8078 This class is offered to present an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. 

None

The 2019 CIT 2-HR Online Training is an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder and includes videos and requires a successful completion of an online test to pass. Free
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The goal of this course is for officers to understand the core concepts of police Legitimacy and Procedural Justice in order to build better relationships within the communities that they serve and as part of their professional work environment.

Free
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