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: [email protected]



CIT Appreciation & Awards Breakfast-

June 13th 9:00-11:00AM


2024 CIT 40-hour Training Dates: 

16 Total Hours CPTs- 2 hours: Responding to Mental Health (required) and 14 hours: General 

  April 29-May 3 (FULL) • August 5-9 (FULL) • October 7-11


Empowering First Responders: Collaborative Problem Solving for Challenging Situations

5.5 Hours of General CPTs

June 10


Advanced CIT

6 Hours of  Required CPTs- 2 hours each: Mental Health Issues, Crisis Mitigation & De-escalation, and Legal Updates

June 25


CIT for Emergency Communications


Coming in November- Check back for registration details


CIT for Behavioral Health Professionals


Coming in 2024- Date TBD 


Financial Wellness for First Responders Series


July 8




CIT Newsletters:

  July 2023 | August 2023 | February 2024


The Resilient First Responder Podcast

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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 has implemented a late cancellation/ no show policy. Beginning January 1, 2022, there is a $50 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 Beth Roach (Program Director) with questions regarding this policy.