This course is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
This course meets state guidelines for the following mandated subject areas:
- Law Update (annual)
- Use of Force (annual)
- Civil Rights (every 3 yrs.)
- Constitutional & Proper Use of Authority (every 3 yrs.)
- Cultural Competency (every 3 yrs.)
- Mental Health Awareness (every 3 yrs.)
- Human Rights (every 3 yrs.)
- Procedural Justice (every 3 yrs.)
This program is designed to provide selected officers with specialized training on dealing with individuals in the community who have a mental illness or other behavioral disability. CIT officers are trained as resource specialists who can provide immediate response to calls involving a mental health crisis. The “team” concept refers to law enforcement involvement with stakeholder agencies, as well as interagency mutual assistance when appropriate.
The course will be conducted by a diverse group of law enforcement and behavioral health professionals — including active CIT officers from three Illinois jurisdictions.
During the week, students will participate in a variety of valuable exercises that will simulate auditory hallucinations that individuals with a mental illness might experience. The program will also provide officers with a unique opportunity to interact with individuals who have a mental illness and their family members (primary and secondary consumers).
An essential part of the CIT course is scenario-based skills training. Officers are challenged with realistic scenarios portrayed by professional actors from Chicago and St. Louis. Scenarios may include a suicide intervention, de-escalating a violent situation, or responding to a call involving an individual experiencing paranoia. All scenarios are facilitated and evaluated by certified CIT officers.
Two years experience on the street (from date of hire) is a prerequisite for attending this course.
- Signs and symptoms of mental illness
- Co-occurring disorders
- Compliant surrender and tactical response
- Child and adolescent disorders
- Intellectual disabilities
- Risk assessment and legal issues
- Suicidal subjects
- Community resources
- Substance abuse
- Veterans in crisis
- Psychotropic medications
- Geriatric issues
Law enforcement and behavioral health professionals