Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training was established after a police encounter with a man with a history of mental illness was killed by police officers in 1987 in Memphis, Tennessee. The CIT program and curriculum was developed through a partnership with Memphis Police, the University of Memphis, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and other community stakeholders. Many respected organizations recognize CIT as a national best practice. Now over 2600 local agencies around the country have CIT programs. The program is also utilized internationally.
CIT is a 40 hour, week long, training class. It provides various core curriculum components including: Introduction to Mental Illness and Psychiatric Medications, Family & Consumer Perspective, De-Escalation Techniques, Negotiations for the First Responder, Risk Assessment and Suicide Intervention, Excited Delirium, Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities, Children’s Mental Health Issues, and other important modules. There are experiential learning opportunities such as an auditory hallucination component and scenarios to demonstrate the skills learned in the classroom environment.
CIT in Delaware
The Delaware CIT classes are open to all law enforcement officers and agencies in Delaware.
For many years a dedicated group of mental health and criminal justice professional have been working to bring CIT to Delaware. In May 2014 the first class of 38 Delaware law enforcement officers from 7 different agencies graduated from the pilot CIT training class in Dover. A CIT Update Training for the first class of CIT officers was held in November of 2014 to continue the educational process. In April 2015 the second class of 42 officers from 13 different agencies graduated from the program. This class included a partnership between the CIT Committee and Dover Air Force Base. Five of the participants were from the security forces of the United States Air Force and the class was held on the base. To date 306 Delaware Law Enforcement personnel have been trained.
For Information on CIT in Delaware
Contact: Dr. Joshua Thomas, Executive Director
Next Class: March 4-8, 2019
Delaware’s Emergency Detention Form:
CIT Related Resources (Mobile Crisis, Recovery Centers, Child Priority Response, etc.):
Veterans Response Team (VRT) Program
The Veteran’s Response Team (VRT) program was developed based on the NAMI Wake County (North Carolina) model of advanced CIT Training. Police officers who have graduated from the CIT training and who are also US Armed Forces Veterans are eligible to attend VRT training. Officers learn specific mental health needs of veterans and resources to assist veterans in Delaware. They learn how to interact as a “peer” as well as a CIT law enforcement officer when a fellow veteran is in crisis.
The first VRT Training was held in September 2017. The reviews were outstanding! Eighteen officers graduated from the inaugural VRT Training. A subsequent training was held in April 2018.
NAMI Delaware coordinates the VRT training for Delaware in partnership with Sub-Committee members. The VRT Sub-Committee consists of members of the Delaware State Police, New Castle County Police Department, Wilmington Police Department, Veterans Administration, NAMI Delaware, Superior Court, and Delaware’s Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
The next VRT Training is scheduled for December 10 & 11, 2018 in Dover. For more information, please click the button below.