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What is CIT?

CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.

We fund a yearly NAMI-model CIT training for law enforcement. During CIT training, officers receive forty hours of specialized instruction on mental illness, crisis intervention techniques involving role playing, and individual interactions with individuals with mental illness in various stages of recovery so that they will be better prepared to work with the consumer in crisis. The officers are also introduced to the various services and organizations within the community that can assist the people with whom they come into contact.

NAMI SW WA helps sponsor local CIT training. For more information call 360-695-2823 or via

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