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Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

CIT officer comforting a teenagerWhat is Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training?

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is a jail diversion and de-escalation model of training for law enforcement during which officers gain a better understanding of the needs of individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders or intellectual/developmental disabilities. The idea is to divert them to treatment when this can be done at little risk to public safety. 

While Trillium facilitates the training, it is very much a community collaboration.  The training relies on the support and involvement of the local NAMI chapter, community colleges, provider agencies, hospitals, behavioral health professionals and, of course, law enforcement officials.

CIT provides a great deal of information on the following topics:

  • CIT Overview
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mental Health Overview
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Suicide Awareness & Prevention
  • Brain Theory and Medication Management
  • Accessing Services
  • Mobile Crisis
  • Commitment Process
  • Community Resources
  • Special Concerns with Adolescents
  • Substance Abuse/Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Homelessness
  • Geriatrics and Dementia
  • Crisis Intervention and De-Escalation
  • Hearing Voices
  • Mental Health Reform
  • Officer Safety
  • Community Resources

Why is CIT important to citizens?

cit_pin_0_0.pngLaw enforcement and health officials estimate up to 20 percent of police calls involve people having a mental health crisis--everything from schizophrenia to post-traumatic stress disorder.  Trillium staff have helped train hundreds of law enforcement personnel throughout our area, including municipal police officers, county deputies, school resource officers, university campus police, detention center officers and telecommunications staff.  Citizens who call police to respond to someone in crisis can specifically ask for a CIT-trained police officer.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a training, read our CIT Brochure or call 1-866-998-2597 and ask for a CIT coordinator or email   


The Justice System and People With Intellectual, Developmental, and other Disabilities


Detective Jamie Fields is a law enforcement officer with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He began his career in 1998 and was in the first HCSO Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) class held in September 2009. Detective Fields has a 16-year-old son, Tucker, who has developmental disabilities, and his experience as a parent of a child with disabilities was part of the reason he was drawn to this training. As a result of the CIT training, his approach to police calls involving people with disabilities who are in crisis has changed, and he’s become a resource for other officers. 

Read his story here

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