What is CIT? Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) are teams of specially trained law enforcement officers. These officers are trained in tactics to effectively deal with a person experiencing a mental crisis, as well as every day interaction.
A CIT Officer has successfully completed state-authorized training, and passes required testing, to become certified as a Crisis Intervention Team Officer through the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
If you have a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis, dial 911 or contact your local law enforcement office and request a CIT-trained officer. Let them know this is a mental health crisis.
Chief Chris Burbank of the Salt Lake City Police Department speaking on CIT:
The CIT Academy is a forty-hour course that is completed in a one-week session. The instructors include Physicians, Psychologists, Licensed Social Workers, Specialists, and Police Instructors. For more information, visit the CIT website, www.citutah.com
CIT Academy students receive training in:
We all need nutrition to support our bodies. A poor diet equals poor health, contributing to obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes - conditions that many people living with mental illness are at a high risk of developing. Nutrition is important for everyone. If you are living with mental illness, eating well is especially important for you, because what you eat can affect your daily life, mood and energy level. Healthy eating is not about being thin or deprivation. Healthy eating is about feeling good, having more energy, participating in your recovery and mapping out your future. Simply put, healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to improve wellness. Dietary guidelines set by the USDA state that a healthy diet is one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat free or low fat milk products. A healthy diet should include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. Be sure to limit saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. Lear more about the U.S. government's guidlelines by reveiwing the food pyramid: mypyramid.gov.