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CIT

Crisis Intervention Team
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Mission

To provide quality training that sets the standard of excellence for law enforcement officers working with mental health consumers and the community.

Goal

To facilitate understanding, development, and the implementation of Crisis Intervention Teams to ensure the safety of all persons during crisis situations.

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger -- but recognize the opportunity.”

- John F. Kennedy

What is the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) of Broward?

  1. 1) CIT programs are formed throughout the United States and other nations worldwide to promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective interactions among law enforcement, behavioral health providers, and individuals with mental illness and their families.
  2. 2) CIT programs are designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises.
  3. 3) They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.
  4. 4) CIT training supports law enforcement officers in developing and practicing skills to provide a safe, effective and compassionate response to people in mental health crisis.

About the CIT of Broward

In 2002, the CIT of Broward replicated the Memphis Model of Crisis Intervention Team training and created an exceptional faculty represented by a broad spectrum from the behavioral health community: Nova Southeastern University, Barry University, the Veteran’s Administration, ARC Broward and consumers and families from the community. This group worked diligently to proffer the first CIT Training in Broward County.

The program includes 40 hours of training for law enforcement officers:

What does the CIT of Broward do?

  • Understand how and why crisis situations occur and ways we inadvertently contribute to them.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness.
  • Apply effective, evidence- based de-escalation techniques.
  • Respond appropriately and safely to dangerous behavior.
  • Prevent crises using a variety of supportive interaction strategies.

Agency partners

  • Broward Behavioral Health Coalition
  • NAMI Broward
  • Fort Lauderdale Police Department
  • Broward Sheriff’s Office
  • Henderson Behavioral Health
  • Broward Addiction Recovery Center
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Broward Outreach Center
  • South Florida Wellness Network
  • Chrysalis Health
  • Group Victory
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Mental Health Association & 9 Muses

For more information:

Elkin Alfred
CIT – Broward Coordinator
United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse
(954) 453-3747
ealfred@unitedwaybroward.org
Norma Wagner
System of Care Manager
Broward Behavioral Health Coalition
(954) 622-8121
nwagner@bbhcflorida.org

Other Initiatives

The Broward Youth Coalition (BYC) is a group of over 80 high school drug-free youth leaders representing all areas of the local community.

South Florida Family Day is a day to eat dinner with your children. A national movement to encourage families to enjoy meals together at least 4-5 times per week.

SBIRT is a United Way Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse initiative to identify, reduce, and prevent substance misuse among individuals 14 to 30 years of age.