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Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)


Established in 2004, CIT is a community partnership providing local law enforcement officers 40 hours of training to better respond to a mental health crisis in the community. The classes are organized and moderated by the Tallahassee Police Department, the Tallahassee chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) in conjunction with the Court's Mental Health Coordinator.

As a pre-booking diversion program, CIT's major focus is to prevent inappropriate arrests of the mentally ill by enabling responding officers to direct them to community based treatment. Additionally, the skills learned in the program can aide in reducing or de-escalating adverse incidents between law enforcement and the mentally ill.

To date, over three hundred (300) law enforcement personnel have graduated from CIT classes. Second Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Agencies that have participated in the CIT are:

  • The Leon County Sheriff's Office
  • The Tallahassee Police Department
  • Florida State University Police Department
  • FDLE- Capitol Police
  • Gadsden County Sheriff Office
  • Leon County Probation and Pretrial Release
  • Florida A&M University Police Department
  • Department of Corrections Probation and Parole
  • Wakulla County Sheriff's Office
  • Wakulla Correctional Institution
  • The Quincy Police Department

If you are interested in having your agency participate in this program please contact Richard Stephens at RLStephens@comcast.net

CIT Stories:

Crisis Intervention Team Case Studies | Case Study #5
For more CIT stories go to: NAMI-Tallahassee.org