What is CIT?
Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) include specially trained law enforcement officers. These officers are trained in tactics to effectively deal with a situation involving a person experiencing a mental health crisis.
A CIT Officer has successfully completed state authorized training, and passed required testing, to become certified as a Crisis Intervention Team Officer by the State of Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
Crisis Intervention Team Officers are volunteers from uniformed patrol divisions. These officers maintain their responsibilities as patrol officers, but become primary responding units to situations involving a person experiencing a mental health crisis.
A CIT Officer has received training in identifying characteristics of various mental disorders. Along with a newfound empathetic approach, officers of this program are trained to provide a safer intervention for the person experiencing a mental health crisis, their family members, the community, and the officers themselves.
This program is a statewide program that builds strong working partnerships between law enforcement agencies and the mental health resources they utilize. These partnerships bring law enforcement and mental health services together instead of working independently on mental health issues.