Tuesday, September 21, 2021

FAQs for Crisis Intervention Team Policing (CIT)

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Frequently Asked Questions for Crisis Intervention Team Policing (CIT)

QWhat 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.
QWhen 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.
QWhat 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.
QWhat 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.

QDo 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.
QHow 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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