CIT/CIP

NAMI Dane County provides Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and Crisis Intervention Partner (CIP) training in partnership with local law enforcement and corrections departments, as well as mental health providers and other community stakeholders.

CIT programs provide 40 hours of training for law enforcement and corrections officers who are interested in better understanding and improving their interactions with people who experience mental health crises. 

CIP is a 16-hour training modeled after the CIT curriculum but is designed for a wider-ranging audience, including emergency personnel, hospital staff, teachers, social workers, and more.


Overall Goals

The overall goals of the CIT/CIP programs are to:

  1. Improve overall safety 
  2. Avoid unnecessary use of force
  3. Improve identification, referral and treatment planning for people with mental illness
  4. Develop a positive perception and increased confidence among participants to respond to mental health crises
 Madison Police Department CIT training graduates, July 2016.

Madison Police Department CIT training graduates, July 2016.

 

 2017 Data

In 2017, NAMI Dane County held:

  • 2 CIT trainings, reaching 66 law enforcement and corrections officers.
     
  • 1 CIP training, reaching 45 law enforcement officers and other professionals .
So many of our contacts involve citizens battling some form of mental illness. Learning to recognize the signs, how to best communicate, and what to avoid saying will translate well into most calls for service. Learning more of my county’s services was invaluable.
— NAMI Dane County & University of Wisconsin- Police Department CIT training
CIT has been extremely beneficial for me; it gave me the skills and confidence in my interactions with people with mental illness and I feel like I am making a more positive difference now. CIT has allowed me to build relationships, address safety concerns and attempt to connect those with a mental illness to mental health services instead of jail. I am grateful NAMI Dane County offered the class and I encourage all officers and supervisors to go through the training.
— David Kasdorf, 2016 CIT-trained Middleton Police Department Officer

CIT Curriculum

  • Overview of various mental illnesses (symptoms, treatments, myths and facts)
  • Presentations & discussion with family members and people living with mental illness
  • Education on de-escalating mental health crises safely and effectively
  • Interactive role-plays on crisis de-escalation with feedback from trainers
  • Other activities might include: auditory hallucination (hearing voices) simulations, site visits, ride-alongs with community social workers and more)

CIP curriculum

  • Basic education on human development & the impact of trauma
  • Overview of various mental illnesses (symptoms, treatments)
  • Presentation & discussion with individuals living with mental illness
  • Education on safe, effective crisis de-escalation and active listening skills
  • Self-care, building of support networks, and resiliency
  • Interactive role-plays on crisis de-escalation with feedback from trainers
  • Other activities might include: auditory hallucination (hearing voices) simulations

To learn more about the CIT/CIP programs go to the NAMI Wisconsin CIT/CIP website.


A special thank you to our partners at the University of Wisconsin - Madison Police Department, City of Madison Police Department, Dane County Sheriff's Department, and Attic Correctional Services for their continued support and engagement in such an important initiative. 

CIT/CIP is funded with support by the Charles E. Kubly Foundation, Dane County, and NAMI Wisconsin.