In accordance with the recommendation of CIT International, the Board adopted a policy in September of 2018 that the course is to remain a “specialization” and therefore remain distinct from other in-service course available to officers immediately after certification. Given that CIT requires communication skills and situational assessments that can only be developed after an officer has had field experience exposing him or her to the nature of interpersonal interactions with the public, a minimum of two years is now required before an officer may begin the general, 40-hour, CIT course.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
For All Certified Officers:
For Correctional Officers:
CIT International Training Opportunity:
CIT International's Coordinator Course: A team from CIT International will be in Oak Brook on May 31st to conduct a one-day “CIT Coordinator” Course. This course is available to law enforcement and support personnel who have previously completed a 40 hour basic CIT course and will be beneficial to those serving in the day-to-day operations of the law enforcement agency. In addition to representing department internal interests, CIT Coordinators represent the community partnerships as a primary contact person for the CIT program and serve as a leader to ensure goals of the CIT program are beyond those of training and enhancing services. CLICK HERE then CLICK on the CIT Coordinator Course on May, 31, 2019 in Oak Brook for the application. For more information - www.citinternational.org
(Note: This course is certified by CIT International, but this is not an ILETSB certified course and cannot be credited to meeting the Illinois in-service training mandates.)