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Crisis Intervention Training
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is an innovative first responder model of police-based crisis intervention with community, health care, and advocacy partnerships. In November 2010 the Alameda County CIT Committee was formed. In February 2011 the Oakland Police Department created a full time, sworn, Mental Health Liaison position to coordinate the courses. The committee designed the CIT program used today, and is a true collaborative effort between the Oakland Police Department and Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services.
CIT is designed to educate law enforcement officers to interact with individuals with a mental illness and improves the safety of patrol officers, mental health consumers, family members and citizens within the community. The program meets the needs for both the officers serving the community as well as the community in which they serve. The program aims to reduce the stigma of mental illness and redirects the need for involvement with the criminal justice system to the mental health care system.
CIT Training is a P.O.S.T. Certified course. Law enforcement agencies that have participated in the CIT program include:
- Oakland Police Department
- Alameda County Sheriff's Office
- UC Berkeley Police Department
- BART Police Department
- Members from the following Police Departments: Alameda, Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Union City.
Training is Available
CIT Training is held at the Oakland Police Department Administration Building. This 1 week course and is available to law enforcement throughout Alameda County. Topics include, Threat Assessment, Cultural Responsiveness, Homeless Population, and Youth and Mental Illness. For a complete listing of topics, download a course outline.
To receive a training schedule or register, please contact Officer Doria Neff, Mental Health Liaison.
Testimonials and Feedback
Consumers, families and law enforcement professionals have found CIT training to be effective in raising awareness about mental health issues. The program continues to receive positive feedback:
"I love hearing the feedback from the community that the Oakland PD are notably better equipped to deal with situations involving people with mental illness. Family members have commented on how well the officers interacted with them, and that they listened to their input more than they had in the past."
|"I wanted to let you know that I found the training to be incredibly informative, with contacts and resources I didn't even know existed that will help me both professionally and personally."|
--Law Enforcement Officer
|"Alameda County is very fortunate to have leaders who believe in this initiative. Thank YOU for all that you do to bridge the law an mental health."|