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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM POLICING (CIT)
CIT officers are uniformed patrol officers who have received special training to respond to crisis calls pertaining to mental illness. As appropriate, individuals are transported to mental health receiving facilities for evaluation, treatment, and referrals. The CMHP offers CIT training to police departments throughout Miami-Dade County.

 

What does a CIT officer do?

When do I call for a CIT officer?

What do I do if I have a mental health emergency and need a CIT officer?

What do I do if I do not have an emergency, but still need help?

Do I have CIT in my area?

How can I get more information about CIT?

What does a CIT officer do?
CIT officers respond to crisis calls involving possible mental health issues. They evaluate and de-escalate potentially volatile situations and as necessary transport individuals suffering from a mental illness to community-based facilities for evaluation, treatment, and referrals, instead of subjecting them to immediate arrest when appropriate.

When do I call for a CIT officer?
It is appropriate to call for a CIT officer when you suspect there is an immediate mental health situation.

What do I do if I have a mental health emergency and need a CIT officer?
In the event of an emergency, please call 911, state the emergency involves a person with possible mental illness, and request a CIT officer respond to the scene. If your community does not currently have a CIT program implemented, call911 and inform the dispatcher the emergency involves  someone with possible mental illness.

What do I do if I do not have an emergency, but still need help?
I this is not an emergency, you can call 211 for assistance with social services needs.

Do I have CIT in my area?
To date, the following police departments have received CIT training: City of Miami, North Miami, Miami Beach, Aventura, Miami-Dade County, South Miami, Pinecrest, Key Biscayne, North Miami Beach, Surfside, Miami Shores, Florida International University Police, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Coral Gables, Opalocka, Homestead, Sweetwater, Miami Shores, Miami-Dade School Police, Miami-Dade
Corrections & Rehabilitation Department.

Other organizations and police-dispatch units have also received CIT training.  Please contact CMHP for further information.

How can I get more information about CIT?
If this is not an emergency and you would like more detailed information about CIT in your area please contact Cindy Schwartz (305) 548-5319 Monday-Friday 9AMto 5PM, or email cischwartz@jud11.flcourts.org.

 
 

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