2010 CIT Graduates
The first Crisis Intervention Team was introduced by the Memphis Police Department in 1988 following the shooting of an individual with mental illness by a police officer. The Memphis Model focuses on collaboration, training, and involvement from the mental health community.
The Memphis Police Department joined in partnership with the Memphis Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental health providers, and two local universities (the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee) in organizing, training, and implementing a specialized unit. This unique and creative alliance was established for the purpose of developing a more intelligent, understandable, and safe approach to mental health crises. This community effort was the genesis of the Memphis Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team. CIT provides a foundation to help promote community and statewide solutions to assist individuals with a mental illness and the CIT model reduces stigma and the need for additional involvement with the criminal justice system. The basic goals of CIT is to improve officer and resident safety as well as help individuals with mental illness receive appropriate, community-based treatment.Rappahannock Area Crisis Intervention Team
The Rappahannock Area Crisis Intervention Team began in 2009 following a grant from the Office of Forensic Services at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The RACSB was one of 10 Virginia organizations to receive funds supporting jail diversion initiatives. The grant of $230,000 over two years supports the establishment of a local Crisis Intervention Team. It funds two positions, officer training, and security for a drop-off site at The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery.
In June 2009, a total of 23 local officers from the Fredericksburg Police Department, Rappahannock Regional Jail, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, and University of Mary Washington Police completed the first local training. The 40-hour training was conducted by instructors from New River Valley Crisis Intervention team based in Blacksburg, VA and Thomas Jefferson Area Crisis Intervention Team in Charlottesville, VA. The instructors are certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Since that first training, two local officers have become certified. They lead their first training in January 2010.
In February 2011, another 11 officers and RACSB staff members became certified instructors. Our community now has 15 certified training instructors. Nearly 100 local officers have received CIT training. Another 40 dispatchers have received training in crisis intervention as well.
Since the local CIT program began in 2009, our CIT Instructors have facilitated five (5) separate 40-hour trainings. The interest and demand for the CIT program have increased dramatically. Four (4) additional trainings are scheduled for 2012.
Visit the Events page to view training dates as well as dates for upcoming CIT Workgroup Meetings which are open to all CIT Officers and Instructors.