2014 CIT Summit
The 8th Annual Crisis Intervention Team Summit is scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Mustard Seed Church in Lawrence from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Pre-registration is required. The registration fee is $25. The Summit is a great opportunity to learn about Crisis Intervention Team programs, how to strengthen existing programs, and how to get new programs established in Kansas communities. This event is for law enforcement personnel, corrections and jail personnel, emergency departments, mental health professionals, mental health consumers and family members. Mark Potter, Head Basketball Coach at Newman University will provide some perspective on talking about mental illness and Amanda Sasek, Miss Kansas 2014, will speak about her family experience with suicide. Workshops will be offered on CIT Fundamentals, Assisting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Crisis Services Models, and Mental Health Co-Responders. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Register Now!
What is CIT?
The Crisis Intervention Team (Memphis Model) movement started in Memphis, Tennessee in 1988 and has rapidly grown into more than 600 communities nationwide. In Kansas, Crisis Intervention Teams have been established in Hutchinson/Reno County, Emporia/Lyon County, Johnson County, Topeka/Shawnee County, and Wichita/Sedgwick County.
CIT programs represent a local partnership between law enforcement agencies, mental health providers, and consumer and family organizations with two primary objectives: public safety and the diversion of mental health consumers from the criminal justice system and into treatment.
A primary activity of local CIT Councils is providing training for law enforcement officers, whether a police officer, correctional officer, parole or probation officer, regarding an understanding of mental illness, how to work with an individual with mental illness in crisis and what resources to call upon for assistance. With such training and a coordinated effort among CIT Council partner agencies, the likelihood of diverting that individual toward needed mental health treatment is increased. Early and appropriate intervention is the single most important determinant of a healthy recovery which includes putting an end to the revolving door between psychiatric hospitals, the community and the justice system.
CIT programs also operate for the safety of mental health consumers and their family members as well as for the safety of first responders, mental health care providers, and the general public.
CIT Programs in Kansas
There are currently eight CIT programs (Leavenworth, Lyon, Johnson, Reno, Sedgwick, Ford, Shawnee, and Wyandotte counties) operating in Kansas with others being organized. Click here for a link to a listing of the local programs and their contact information.
- KansasLaw Enforcement CIT Council: http://www.kansascit.org – Provides information about the CIT program serving Johnson County and for links to CIT training being sponsored by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
- CIT International:http://www.citinternational.org -- a nonprofit membership organization established to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of CIT training programs throughout the U.S. and in other nations.
- Universityof Memphis CIT Center:http://cit.memphis.edu
- The Criminansas%20Crisis%20Intervention%20Teams.pdfl Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project:http://consensusproject.org/ -- A repository of information about all aspects of jail diversion, reentry, and enhanced treatment for offenders with mental illness.
- The National Gains Center: http://gainscenter.samhsa.gov/html/ -- Information about access to community based services for adult's diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders at all points of contact with the justice system.
CIT Training Calendar
Please contact NAMI Kansas or any of the local CIT programs for a schedule of upcoming CIT training events in each area. CIT training being sponsored by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center can be found on their training calendar at http://www.kletc.org