Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
Our staff work to help train police officers how to safely help someone in mental health crisis. We also work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide follow up support and services to people with a behavioral health issue who get involved with police.
Established in 2005, the Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) case management program helps people with mental illness who have had contact with law enforcement. The case management team accomplishes this by providing services to individuals once they have been referred by a C.I.T. officer. (A C.I.T. officer is a specially trained police officer who has been trained to recognize and diffuse problems that stem from emotional and mental issues.)
Officers learn to recognize mental illness, and to effectively manage crisis interactions with mentally ill people. Officers then refer these people to AllHealth Network’s CIT Case Management team for crisis stabilization, such as evaluation, finding housing, food, psychiatric services, or medical treatment. Whenever possible, clients are then enrolled in treatment plans, and receive ongoing case management.
The officer completes a referral form and faxes it to the Criminal Justice team at AllHealth Network. After the referral is received by our office, C.I.T. case managers contact the person by phone calls, letters and/or in person. Treatment needs are assessed on a case-by-case basis. The referral may be to AllHealth Network for treatment or to outside agencies as appropriate.
Crisis Case Management
CIT Case Managers also provide consultations, support, and ongoing training to law enforcement. The program has been expanded to include School Resource Officers in order to reach students in crisis, and a jail release program with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. Program staff include at team supervisor and two BA and MA level case managers.
After a police encounter, our case management team provides crisis intervention and services.
The case management team offers confidential assistance to help the person navigate the mental health, substance abuse, legal, funding and other systems, providing linkage to needed services. This coordinated approach -- an evidence-based practice --has been proven to work. We make this program available to keep people out of jail, help them rebuild their lives, and keep our community safe.
First of its kind
The case management team was the first of its kind in Colorado to directly provides these services; in other communities, it was solely the C.I.T. police officer that did the follow-up, but this model is catching on. This model team provides case management services, which includes information, education, training and family support.
We facilitate referrals for the following:
- mental health and psychiatric care
- community services
- emergency intervention
- social and vocational rehabilitation
Evidence-Based, High Success Rate
Integrated case management intervention — working collaboratively with mental health, substance abuse, criminal justice and other community services — is an "evidence-based practice." This means we have proof that it works. People get better; we spend less by not incarcerating inappropriately placed individuals, and we keep our community safer.
This program has oversight by a volunteer CIT Steering Committee that includes sheriffs from Arapahoe and Douglas counties, police chiefs of 9 cities, and representatives from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and area hospitals.
Revolving-door. We break the cycle.
Since the early 1980's, AllHealth Network has been a leader in providing "dual-diagnosis" treatment for both mental illness and substance abuse. Our success is measured by our ability to keep the consumer in the community as a productive, law-abiding family and community member. By breaking the cycle of mental illness, substance abuse and incarceration, we help to reduce jail days, keep the community safer, and ultimately save taxpaper dollars.