Crisis Response Team Training:  CIT

To register for an upcoming training, use this link- event page (you can search the event calendar by type of training, which in this case is CIT.  Once you see the training on the calendar, you can register for the week-long training by clicking on the first day of the training (Monday). The next training will be held the week of Monday, February 24- Friday, February 28, 2020, hosted at the Green Township Police Training Center. The following training will be held the week of Monday, May 18- Friday, May 22, 2020, at Blue Ash Fire Department. Additional tentative dates for 2020 include:

  • May 18-22
  • August 24-28
  • September 21-25
  • November 16-20

If you have any questions or would like more information on CIT training, you can contact Jessica Ball at

Mental Health America provides training programs for first responders focused on safe and effective interaction with persons who are mentally ill and in crisis. We utilize the “Memphis Model” also known as CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) and a model created by the City of Cincinnati known as MHRT (Mental Health Response Team).  The Hamilton County CIT team has experienced great success and is recognized as a leader in emergency response to mental illness in the State of Ohio.  The team is focused on continuous improvement and serving citizens through caring, efficient, and effective response.


Generally 10% of police calls will involve someone with a mental illness.  The safety of law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals, persons with mental illness, and citizens can be compromised when officers are not adequately prepared to respond to such calls.  The goal of CIT is to promote safety by:

  1. Educating law enforcement on mental illnesses
  2. Having officers learn about the characteristics associated with untreated mental illnesses and practice skills designed to deescalate certain behaviors

According to the Bureau of Statistics, approximately 54% of the population in state prisons, federal prisons, and local jails are mentally ill individuals. And on average, about 25% of those individuals receive any kind of treatment.  Additionally, criminal justice professionals do not receive adequate special populations training in order to keep individuals on target with community treatment and out of the criminal justice system. As a proactive program, MHA works to create "win-win" solutions for all persons involved.

CIT is not just for police officers but also beneficial for all other types of first responders. We know that CIT increases safety for the first responder, the individual they are responding to, and the surrounding community.  Hamilton County CIT is funded in part by the Hamilton County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, The City of Cincinnati, and private donations.

Link to the Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence- 14 minute video about the Ohio CIT Initiative.

Tell us what you think…

We want to know how CIT is working, or isn’t working, for you.  In order to capture your feedback and to continually improve the CIT experience, we have created several survey tools where you can share your experience.  Each of the surveys asks some basic questions and provides a text box at the end where you can tell your CIT story- good or bad.  If you want our CIT coordinator to follow up with you, please include your contact information- otherwise the survey is confidential.  Regardless, we will keep your experience confidential.  
Survey for Trained Officers please Click Here, for all other participants please Click Here.