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East Central:

Vandalia’s Interim Police Chief Justin Landis and Patrolmen John Elsass and Logan Benjamin attended a September training event held by the Missouri Crisis Intervention Team’s East-Central Regional group. The group partnered with the Arthur Center in Mexico to provide the CIT training. >> To read more click here


Kansas City: 


Growing mental health crisis lands on specially trained officers (Kansas City)

Many patrol officers, especially those new on the force, may not subscribe at first to the sometimes-counter intuitive approaches of CIT training, Kansas City Officer Ashley McCunniff says. They'll say they're "not mental health guys." But after a year or two on the street, you'll see their names on the list for CIT training, she says. Some officers who were skeptical are now seeking out their advice. Police work is changing. >> To read more click here.

The pro-active, cooperative effort of KCPD’s Crisis Intervention Team, area hospitals and mental health professionals, assist those struggling on the streets with mental health issues. By directing these individuals to the Crisis Center, they are set on a more hopeful and healthy path that decreases likelihood of engaging in activity that will land them in jail. It truly takes a community to effect change! >> To read more click here.

Southwest Missouri: 

I will Intervene | What if? That question is one no one ever wants to ask themselves, but it is one that never goes away for the family and friends of suicide victims. >> To read more click here.

Central Missouri: 

Thirty-eight people involved with mental health and law enforcement from six jurisdictions completed the fourth day of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training at State Fair Community College on Thursday.

The training, stemming from the local Stepping Up Initiative, was a collaboration between the West Central CIT Council, of Pettis County, and the JOCOMO CIT Council, of Johnson County. Sedalia Police Department Officer Mark Cherry along with Warrensburg Police Chief Rich Lockhart and Dawn Morris, a community mental health liaison with Pathways Community Behavioral Health in Warrensburg, were part of an educational committee who organized the four-day, two-week training. >> To read more click here.

Down in the basement of the Fulton Police Department, a group of people have committed themselves to improving community policing. "We have a monthly meeting with our community resources," Sgt. Crystal Kent said during a Callaway County Crisis Intervention Team meeting on Friday. "We use the time to discuss issues and problems, and refine our process." >> To read more click here.

CALLAWAY COUNTY — Some local law enforcement officers learned new knowledge and skills Wednesday to handle a teenage crisis. Callaway County Crisis Intervention Team members held their first 3-day training session, helping law enforcement officers prepare, identify, help and intervene with troubled teenagers. Law enforcement officers learned better responses to calls involving suicide, self-harm, substance abuse and active shooter situations. >> To read more click here.

Northeast Missouri: 

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - Some area law enforcement are now better trained on how to deal with behavioral health concerns. Crisis Intervention Team, CIT, Training wrapped up Friday. >> To read more click here

Northwest Missouri: 

A new training program is underway between officer and health professionals on knowing the signs of mental health issues.

"The behaviors they would see and encounter that they might first think was threatening to them or oppositional might actually be symptoms of a mental illness," Dr. James Reynolds, Northwest Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center Medical Director said.  The Crisis Intervention Team, as known as CIT, helps educate officers on the skills needed when responding to someone with mental health issues. The team is comprised of law enforcement officers, the Northwest Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center and the Family Guidance Center. To read more click here.

Officers are sharpening their skills in assisting those with mental health and substance abuse issues through training this week. "How they might contribute to the conversation and the situation in a way that would lead to a more positive outcome," Mental Health Liaison Jen Gentry said. To read more click here.

Southeast Missouri: 

Cape Police Department increases mental-illness response training >> To read more click here

Cops Changing Approach to Mental-Illness Situations >> To read more click here.

Crisis Intervention Training Benefits Community >> To read more click here.

Local Law Enforcement Takes Part in Crisis Training >> To read more click here.

Police learn to spot, respond to mental illness >> To read more click here.

Sikeston DPS Holds Training for Handling Mental Health Encounters >> To read more click here


Springfield's mental health crisis: The effort is greater, but not equal to the task >> To read more click here.

(Springfield, Mo.--04/26/18) As a mental health crisis continues to grip our communities, local law enforcement agencies are arming themselves to respond when needed.

In times of crisis, law enforcement needs to know when to intervene and recognize when someone is suffering from a mental illness. >> To read more click here.

St. Louis: 


St. Louis County Mental Health Liaison, Intervention Team Work to De-escalate Mental Crisis 

CIT Training Helps Police Save Lives 

Crisis Intervention Training Helps Police Calm Woman That Interrupts Church Service 

Officer Trained to De-escalate Crisis Situations 


ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - When approaching someone with mental illness, a specially trained police officer can defuse a tense situation and protect everyone involved. There are times when a mentally ill person slips into an unstable state, which can lead to tragedy. To prevent that, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) collaborates with law enforcement. >> To read more click here.

General CIT In the News: 

Police Chiefs & Community Mental Health Providers Are of "One Mind" about Mental Illness >> To read more click here.

When Yelling Commands Is the Wrong Police Response | NYTimes >> To read more click here.


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