San Antonio, where policing the mentally ill means treating them

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Photos of Anthony Hill at a demonstration over his shooting death by a police officer on March 11, 2015, in Decatur Georgia. He was unarmed. Amid growing concerns over use of force, a new San Antonio program aims to de-escalate police confrontations with mentally ill people.

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Crisis Intervention Team

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a unique partnership amongst law enforcement, behavioral health providers, consumers and families.

CIT reinforces the partnership between law enforcement, individuals affected by mental illness and substance abuse disorders, mental health advocacy groups, and consumers of mental health services and their families.

Purpose

The purpose of CIT is to insure that consumers are treated humanely by trained law enforcement officers during a crisis. They will receive the care they need and will be diverted from the criminal justice system. This program saves lives and money.

CIT of Broward Partners

 

  • Broward Behavioral Health Coalition
  • Broward Regional Health Planning Council
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Fort Lauderdale Police Department
  • Henderson Behavioral Health
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • Broward Sheriff’s Office

 

Congratulations to participating officers in the October 2014 CIT training from –  Broward Sheriff’s Office, Davie PD, Ft. Lauderdale PD, Hallandale PD, Hollywood PD, Pembroke Pines PD, Plantation PD, and Wilton Manors PD.