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Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Basic

May 13 - 17, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition:  Free
ILEAS Training Center
1701 East Main St.
Urbana, IL 61802
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This course is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Training Mandates

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
  • Autism
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Risk assessment and legal issues
  • Suicidal subjects
  • Community resources
  • Substance abuse
  • Veterans in crisis
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Geriatric issues

Conducted by

Law enforcement and behavioral health professionals