A pre-booking Jail Diversion ProgramCIT is a community-based collaboration between law enforcement, mental health agencies, consumers and family members, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Charlotte, and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).Law Enforcement Officers are frequently front-line responders to persons in crisis with a serious mental illness. In an effort to better prepare officers to respond to these individuals, a number of communities (more than 500 in the US) have developed a
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program. These initiatives are modeled after the parent program which began in 1988 in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Three Components of CIT Programs:
CIT- a specialized law enforcement response to people in serious mental health crisis. Carefully selected volunteer patrol officers receive Crisis Intervention Team training in a 40-hour certification course where they learn:
CIT Step by Step
Captain Jim Wilson , CMPD Executive Sponsor, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Community Health & Wellness Division 704-432-0197Sarah M. Greene, LCSW, Program Administrator, Trauma and Justice Partnerships, Mecklenburg County Provided Services Organization, 980-314-8620Lisa Murray, CIT Coordinator, Trauma and Justice Partnerships, Mecklenburg County Provided Services Organization, 980-314-8617
Charlotte Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 704-333-8218,
CIT Center at the University of MemphisNAMI CIT Center