Crisis Intervention Team Utah
Law Enforcement and the Mental Health Consumer
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 health crisis, as well as how to interact on an everyday basis with individuals who have mental illness.
A CIT Officer has successfully completed state-authorized training and passed 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.
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:
- Introduction to clinical disorders
- Psychotropic medications
- Borderline personalities
- Substance Abuse
- Dual Diagnosis
- Legal Issues
- Suicide Prevention
- Elderly and Children’s Issues
- Developmentally disabled
- Community resources
- Consumer perspectives
- Intervention strategies