Brent Fischer, Director | Bruce Rauner, Governor
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

 

One of the Board’s flagship programs is our Crisis Intervention Team training (CIT).  In a continuous effort to ensure the program remains current and beneficial to all involved, we invite you to participate in an evaluation/needs assessment survey.  We appreciate your input and look forward to your comments.

 


CIT IS ON THE MOVE

In addition to the basic 40 hour CIT training created and certified through the ILETSB and conducted through the Mobile Team System, we are excited to announce a series of Board sponsored, statewide CIT course offerings that will soon be available. Those include:

For Current CIT Officers:

  • CIT Refresher – Summer 2017
  • CIT Advanced:
    • Juvenile
    • Veterans

For All Certified Officers:

  • Mental Health Awareness Class – Summer 2017

For Qualified Instructors:

  • Train the Trainer for Mental Health Awareness Training

For Correctional Officers:

  • CIT for Corrections For Dispatchers:
  • CIT for Dispatchers

Upcoming FY18 CIT Training Opportunities

Since 2003, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) has provided state-certified Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to law enforcement officers throughout Illinois. Participants of this one week (40 hour block) of instruction receive intensive training on recognizing and addressing individuals in the community who have a mental illness or other behavioral disability. ILETSB trained officers are trained as resource specialists who can provide an immediate and effective response to calls involving a mental health crisis.  The course, taught by a cadre of instructors, includes (but is not limited to) the following topics:

  • Mental Illness Signs and Symptoms
  • Child and Adolescent Issues
  • Geriatric Issues
  • Co-Occurring Disorders – Substance Abuse
  • Verbal De-Escalation and Tactical Response
  • Returning Veterans and PTSD
  • Risk Assessment and Crisis Intervention Skills
  • Law Enforcement Response and Legal Issues
  • Medical Conditions and Psychotropic Medications
  • Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Community Resources

The five day course includes presentations by behavioral health specialists, experienced field officers, and representatives from regional service providers. While the course addresses statewide standards, it remains flexible to address locally identified issues of concern.

After an initial presentation, the officers receive valuable exercises that simulate some of the hallucinations that many individuals with a mental illness may experience.  While listening to a series of recorded voices, officers rotate through workstations where they are asked to perform cognitive tasks – allowing them to gain insight into what an individual who is subject to such a barrier experiences.

Later in the week, each officer will also have a unique opportunity to participate in discussions with individuals who have a mental illness and or their family members. These firsthand accounts of living with mental challenges provide insight for an officer outside of the typical field encounter and allow each officer to better understand the nuances of specific disorders.

Finally, officers are given opportunities to exercise their skills in realistic scenarios portrayed by professional actors which may include suicide interventions, de-escalating a potentially violent situation, responding to a call involving an individual experiencing paranoia or a person interacting with a peer in a manic episode behaving in an inappropriate manner.   All scenarios are facilitated by and evaluated by trained CIT officers.

To date, the ILETSB has certified over 5,700 officers statewide, from more than 350 agencies in this specialized program. 

For additional information, please contact the CIT Statewide Coordinator, Jennifer Wooldridge at jennifer.wooldridge@illinois.gov


ATTENTION Recent CIT Graduates:

CIT International is offering free annual membership to recent (90 day) 2016 CIT graduates (the regular $25 Individual Membership dues is waived in 2016 for one-year).  For more information and to sign up, please see the attached membership form.