Kansas Law Enforcement
Using Effective Police Intervention With Individuals Who Are Experiencing Mental Health Crisis
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
- 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
- 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.
PO Box 8760
Prairie Village, Johnson County, Kansas
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