Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Programs: A Best Practice Guide for Transforming Community Responses to Mental Health Crises

cit internationalThis publication from Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International offers a comprehensive guide for communities on starting and sustaining CIT programs. The guide is intended to help readers understand best practices for mental health crisis response systems, including the mental health services necessary for quality crisis response and how to improve communication, reduce trauma, and keep people in crisis out of the justice system as much as possible. The guide highlights how officer training is one small piece of a puzzle that should also include strong, sustained partnerships, program infrastructure, and systemic changes to law enforcement and mental health systems.