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Crisis Intervention Team

About

The goals of CIT are:

  • To improve interactions between law enforcement and persons with mental illness
  • To prevent the inappropriate restraint, incarceration, and stigmatization of persons with mental illness
  • To reduce injury to officers, family members, and individuals in crisis, and
  • To link individuals with mental illness to appropriate treatment and resources in the community.

Services

It's Okay to ASK for a CIT Officer

The CIT Program is a service to our community, so don't be afraid to use it. Each Centre County law enforcement agency has a goal to have a CIT officer on duty during each shift. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to call law enforcement to intervene with a person experiencing a mental health crisis, it's okay to request a CIT officer.

How Can I Help?

How Family and Friends Can Assist CIT Officers When a Mental Health Crisis Occurs

Mental health crises are extremely stressful for all parties involved. Some preparation before the crisis and some common-sense actions when the CIT officer responds to a crisis will help your friend or loved-one get the care needed as soon as possible.

  • Find out if CIT is part of your police department.
  • When calling for police assistance, ask for a CIT officer.
  • Keep a current list of medications and doctors' names and offer it to the CIT officer when he/she arrives.
  • Meet the CIT officer outside if possible and fully explain the crisis and what you would like to happen.
  • Make the CIT officer(s) aware of anything you know that upsets the person in crisis.
  • Keep all guns out of the home.
  • When the CIT officer arrives, advise them if the person is armed or has access to weapons. Remember, when weapons are involved, police concentrate on the possible threat of violence until it is neutralized.
  • Understand, the CIT officer(s) will probably ask you to wait in an area away from the person in a crisis. Let the officer do his job and only offer assistance if asked.
  • Be prepared to go to the hospital -- but remember all CIT calls do not necessarily mean a trip to the hospital.
  • Get to know your police department. Introduce your family member or friend to the police when they are not in crisis. Call your police department and have CIT officer stop by your house when he/she has time or go to the police station when a CIT officer will be there.
  • Let your family member know the police are there to help.
  • Educate yourself about your family member's or friend's mental illness by requesting information from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Pennsylvania.

CIT Team Page

The CIT Team Page contains information for and about Centre County CIT Teams.