Kansas Law Enforcement
CIT Council

Using Effective Police Intervention With Individuals Who Are Experiencing Mental Health Crisis

About Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council

CIT History

In 1988, Memphis, Tennessee introduced the first Crisis Intervention Team as a vital component to the community's demand for safer first responder crisis services. Since that time the CIT movement has grown to encompass more than 600 communities nationwide.

In Kansas, Crisis Intervention Teams have been established in Johnson, Leavenworth, Douglas, Reno, Lyon, Shawnee and Sedgwick counties.

Benefits of the Crisis Intervention Team

  • CIT is community based. As an innovative program, the CIT model encourages communities, families, law enforcement officers and mental health professionals to work together.
  • Greater efficiency in obtaining care for persons involved in mental health crisis.
  • Reduces recidivism and arrests by diverting individuals with a mental illness to appropriate community mental health providers.
  • Enhances officer skills in responding safely and creatively to mental health crisis situations and increases citizen confidence in reporting incidents.
  • Increases collaboration and cooperation between criminal justice and mental health systems.
  • Responds immediately. CIT trained officers are a part of departments regular patrol division.
  • CIT officers reduce likelihood of physical confrontations and personal injury to both the officer and the individual. Improves satisfaction from the mentally ill and their family.

 

Contact:
PO Box 8760
Prairie Village, Johnson County, Kansas
66208-0760
Phone: 913-895-6291
Customer Service Hours : Mon-Fri, 8AM - 4PM