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Police Intervention - CIT

Crisis Intervention Team Utah

Law Enforcement and the Mental Health Consumer

What is CIT? Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) are teams of specially trained law enforcement officers. These officers are trained in tactics to effectively deal with a person experiencing a mental health crisis, as well as how to interact on an everyday basis with individuals who have mental illness.

A CIT Officer has successfully completed state-authorized training and passed required testing to become certified as a Crisis Intervention Team Officer through the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

If you have a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis, dial 911 or contact your local law enforcement office and request a CIT-trained officer. Let them know this is a mental health crisis.

CIT Academy

The CIT Academy is a forty-hour course that is completed in a one-week session. The instructors include Physicians, Psychologists, Licensed Social Workers, Specialists, and Police Instructors. For more information, visit the CIT website, www.citutah.com.

CIT Academy students receive training in:

  • Introduction to clinical disorders
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Borderline personalities
  • Substance Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Legal Issues
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Elderly and Children’s Issues
  • Developmentally disabled
  • Community resources
  • Consumer perspectives
  • Intervention strategies

New Study Validates Effectiveness of CIT

CIT Works

Frequently Asked Questions about CIT training

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If you have an emergency, please call 911 and ask for a CIT officer. If you are dealing with an urgent situation, please call the Behavioral Health Authority Crisis Line for your county. The Salt Lake County UNI Crisis Line is 801-587-3000. 

Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you love is in need of suicide prevention support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or visit the website for more info.

suicidepreventionlifeline.org