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 275 Delaware Law Enforcement personnel have been trained.
For Information on CIT in Delaware
Contact: Dr. Joshua Thomas, Executive Director
For CIT Services In New Castle County: (302) 577-2484
Statewide: (800) 652-2929
For Child Priority Response Services: (800) 969-4357