Crisis Intervention Teams of Rhode Island (CIT-RI) is a community based approach to improve the outcomes of behavioral health crisis encounters with law enforcement. CIT brings together law enforcement, advocacy, and behavioral health professionals to develop a solution focused community model response to helping people in crisis.
CIT-RI offers a 40-hour training program to police officers and other crisis responders that focuses on recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental illness and verbal de-escalation techniques. The academy is taught by subject matter experts including behavioral health clinicians, police officers, parents, social workers, and people with relevant lived experience. At the end of the training, participants will be able to:
CIT-RI incorporates officer wellness and safety into each program. Connecting first responders with PTSD support, CISM, and peer support teams are a critical component of every CIT program.
Meet and connect with our regional CIT coordinators to find out how to develop a CIT program within you community.
-Maj. Sam Cochran, retired, Co-Chairman CIT International Board of Directors