Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT)

We are working with counties on establishing Crisis Intervention Teams and helping to coordinate trainings for the teams. This important course focuses on the field of law enforcement and its role in the mentally ill, drug or alcohol afflicted, and aging communities. The information, tools, and resources presented are designed to enhance first responder response and reduce the overall risk of injury or death.

While CIT is known for providing 40-hours of training to law enforcement and others who respond to individuals who are experiencing a crisis, it provides so much more. Officer training is just one small piece of the puzzle. CIT programs should include strong sustained partnerships, program infrastructure, and systemic changes to law enforcement and behavioral health systems.

“CIT: It’s more than just training.”
—Major (ret.) Sam Cochran

Crisis Intervention Team Training Objectives:

  • Provide information and resources to law enforcement personnel who find themselves handling calls involving emotionally disturbed individuals.
  • Increase the ability of law enforcement to successfully manage an emotionally disturbed individual.
  • Reduce the number of inappropriate incarcerations involving people with mental illness.
  • Provide relief to an overburdened criminal justice system.
  • Develop/implement a treatment response system for persons experiencing emotional or mental crisis.
  • Develop/sustain officer interest and involvement on calls involving emotionally disturbed individuals.
  • Continue to develop relationships between mental health providers, law enforcement and mentally ill individuals and their families.

Oregon Counties CIT Status Map

Map of Oregon counties showing current CIT training status


“Great work on scenarios. I was not wanting to do this, but had fun. WAY TO GO.”  Clatskanie Police Department

“Knowing all the people in the county got together for one common goal, to help people (scenario day).”  Umatilla Tribal PD

“Learning about people’s interactions with LE made it easier to understand their perspective.” Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

“I thought this was very successful and look forward to working on future classes”. Ontario Police Department.

“Enlightened me on what people are feeling-hearing or why they are acting the way they do”. Malheur County Jail