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Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) Training Program

Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) Training Program, a partnership of ADAMH Franklin County, the Columbus Division of Police, Mental Health America of Franklin County, NAMI Franklin County, and Netcare Access, is a valuable community resource that helps those with a mental illness or substance abuse issues receive understanding and fair treatment by the law. Franklin County residents may call 9-1-1 and request a police officer who has received specialized training in mental health and substance abuse issues (a CIT officer). Don’t be afraid to request a C.I.T.-trained officer for a friend, family member or community member – it could save someone’s life.

Typically held quarterly, this one week training sessions of 35-40 officers is held each year. C.I.T. officers receive approximately 40 hours of training in areas including psychiatric disorders, substance abuse issues, de-escalation techniques, and in legal issues related to mental health and substance abuse.  In addition, they receive empathy training from individuals with mental illness and gain exposure to the views of family members of those suffering from a mental illness. Through C.I.T., many local police departments have helped countless individuals with mental illness or substance abuse issues. We are proud of the hard work of our local law enforcement and excited to continue to support this important public safety initiative.

Interested in the program, contact Karen Cousins via email or at 614-501-6264. Click here for more details on the program!


NAMI Franklin County programs are free and all instruction materials are provided to participants at no charge, but do require advance reservation & registration.

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