Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training

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.

CIT is not just for police officers but also beneficial for all 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 BoardThe City of Cincinnati, and private donations. Program Contact:



2023 CIT 40-hour Training Dates:

Qualifies for 16  hours of CPTs

 October 9-13


CIT for Emergency Communications:


 November 2-3


Advanced CIT: De-escalation


November 14


CIT for Behavioral Health Professionals


December 11-12



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Mentally Tougher for First Responders and Healthcare Professionals

Not Your Average Resilience Class.

October 16  |  December 1

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Wellness Courses:


Compassion Fatigue in First Responders and Healthcare Workers


CIT Newsletters:

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MHA Training Policy Change

In order to utilize resources and funding to the best of our ability, as well as ensure that there is fair opportunity for all to attend trainings, MHA will be implementing a late cancellation/ no show policy. Beginning January 1, 2022, there will be a $25 late cancellation/ no show fee for CIT trainings. Cancellations for training must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the training in order to avoid the fee. Fees will be invoiced to the attendee by email within 1 week of the missed training. Please contact Amanda Shaw (Program Director) with questions regarding this policy.