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 informational guides available by request from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations.
1. Crisis Intervention Training Suggested Course Materials Manual - WSCJTC 053108
2. Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses, Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) 2008
3. 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)
In 2010, the WSCJTC partnered with King County Mental Health to provide CIT Training to first responders working or assigned to King County. CIT-King CO training includes 40-hour, 8-hr, and much more.
CIT-King County Courses
Statewide CIT Trainings
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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Regional CIT Association
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Statewide CIT Program Manager
CIT-King CO Program Manager
Sergeant Anthony Lockhart
CIT-King CO Program Coordinator
WSCJTC CIT Training Office Contacts