Crisis Intervention Training

CIT Academy

3450 Hwy 80 West
Jackson, MS 39209

Phone: 601-321-2400

CIT Program Coordinators
Dr. Tiffany C. Anderson, LPC-S
Jamie L. Evans, Ed.S, P-LPC, CMHT


Hinds County CIT

A community collaboration between Hinds Behavioral Health Services and members of the Crisis Intervention Team Task Force.

40-Hour CIT Academy

Officers receive hands-on training through role playing de-escalation techniques.

Hinds Behavioral Health Services offers Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement personnel and first responders. Become a mental health hero and learn how to identify mental health issues as well as effective communication skills and responses. Training sessions can take place at our main office or at your location.

Why Use CIT?

  • Reduce arrests and incarceration rates of mentally ill individuals
  • Decrease the need for lethal force
  • Reduce injuries to those with mental illness
  • Reduce officer injuries
  • Reduce civil litigation
  • Improve community relations
  • Decrease involuntary commitments
  • Reduce emergency room recidivism

Learning Objectives

  • Increase your understanding of mental illness
  • Become acquainted with basic types of mental illness
  • Learn to recognize clinical states (not diagnose)
  • Identify factors related to lack of care
  • Learn specific strategies to deal with individuals experiencing mental health issues/crisis
  • Learn effective communication skills and improve initial responses to contact with mentally ill persons
  • Recognize legal requirements regarding emergency detention and commitment
  • Identify resources in the community for emotionally disturbed people
  • Identify proper procedures to conduct investigation regarding a reportedly mentally ill person
  • Identify major indicators of a person’s mental state
  • Learn more information about the CIT program

History of CIT

The CIT model, known as the “Memphis Model” was first developed in 1988 and has spread throughout the country. In September 2007 a group of individuals who were dedicated to advancing CIT programs convened in Memphis to develop the Core Elements document. This effort was led by the founders of CIT, Dr. Randy Dupont and Major (retired) Sam Cochran. It was believed that in order for a CIT program to be successful, several critical core elements should be present. These elements are central to the success of the program’s goals. It was a tragedy that spurred the coming together of stakeholders to develop the original CIT program in Memphis, TN. In 1988, following the fatal shooting of a man with a history of mental illness and substance abuse by a Memphis police officer (Dupont & Cochran, 2000), a community task force comprised of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, and mental health advocates collaborated to develop what is now internationally known as the Memphis CIT model. The primary goals of the model are to increase safety in encounters and when appropriate, divert persons with mental illnesses from the criminal justice system to mental health treatment.

While the centerpiece of the model is 40 hours of specialized training for a select group of officers that volunteer to become CIT officers, proponents stress that CIT is more than just training (CIT International, 2012). CIT is an organizational and community intervention that involves changes in police department procedures as well as collaboration with mental health providers and other community stakeholders. According to the model, officers volunteer to receive 40 hours of training provided by mental health clinicians, consumer and family advocates, and police trainers. Training includes information on signs and symptoms of mental illnesses; mental health treatment; co-occurring disorders; legal issues and de-escalation techniques. CIT curriculums may also include content on developmental disabilities, older adult issues, trauma and excited delirium. Information is presented in didactic, experiential and practical skills/scenario based training formats. The training week may include panels of providers, family members and persons with mental illnesses as well as site visits to agencies in the community. *US National Library of Medicine

Hinds County CIT Partners

Hinds Behavioral Health Services  I   Merit Heath Central Hospital   I   City of Jackson Police Department

Hinds County Sheriff’s Department   I   Byram Police Department   I   Meridian Police Department/Lauderdale Sheriff’s Department

NAMI Mississippi   I   Mississippi Department of Mental Health   I   American Medical Response (AMR)   I   Jackson State University

Thank you to the original developers of the CIT Model who were gracious enough to provide individualized training on the implementation of CIT, and CIT Train the Trainer.

Retired Major Sam Cochran, Memphis Police Department, University of Memphis
Dr. Randolph DuPont, Professor of Psychology, University of Memphis
Dr. Thomas Kirchberg, Chief of Psychology, VA Medical Center, Memphis

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