Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training is a Police-Based Pre-Booking Jail Diversion Program. The Mission is to help persons with mental illness who are in crisis get connected to the services they need and eliminate the inappropriateuse of our criminal justice system and the hospital emergency department.
This program requires ongoing communication and partnerships with the community, law enforcement agencies, mental health systems, consumers/peers, family advocates, community colleges, and the medical community. East Carolina Behavioral Health Local Management Entity utilizes local county funds and contracts with Pitt County Sheriff’s Office to provide this valuable training.
CIT programs in North Carolina are modeled after a program developed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1988. Based on January 2011 statistics, in North Carolina there are over:
222 agencies participating in CIT
3,032 Certified CIT Officers
381 telecommunicators Trained
Telecommunicators are also first responders. When an individual calls 911 during a crisis, a Telecommunicator is the first point of contact. A 2-day (16-hour) training based on the Memphis CIT Model is offered through our program. Our program has certified 49 Telecommunicators/Dispatchers
Our CIT training is open to any sworn NC Law Enforcement Officer. Registration and training is offered through the Pitt Community College BLET training program in Greenville and the College of the Albemarle Corporate and Continuing Education in Elizabeth City.
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