CIT Indiana Welcomes You
Partnering for Safer
and Healthier Communities
CIT Indiana is a technical assistance center operated by NAMI Indiana, the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, with the support of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) and in coordination with the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). By supporting the development, expansion, improvement, and sustainability of Crisis Intervention Teams, we can help Hoosier communities improve their response when citizens experience a mental health crisis.
NAMI Indiana also facilitates the CIT Indiana Coordinator Network, an advisory committee pursuant to I.C. 5-2-21.2-6(2) made up of local CIT coordinators across Indiana as well as representatives from NAMI Indiana, DMHA, ILEA, and researchers from IU and ISU. We meet every-other month to support each other and promote best practices in mental health policing and crisis intervention.
MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission at the CIT Indiana Coordinator Network is to support and facilitate the development, growth, and success of Crisis Intervention Teams throughout Indiana.
VISION STATEMENT: A person experiencing a mental health and/or substance use disorder crisis will receive a safe and empathetic response and access to care with a focus on recovery.
“CIT is a must for departments in order to start to change not only the stigma and culture of mental illness concerns, but the culture of law enforcement.” -Sergeant Lance Dardeen- IMPD
“We had 23 students representing nine area agencies. It was also a great bridge builder with other community partners.” -Brett Clark- Hendricks County Sheriff
“I have personally experienced the trust established when CIT officers utilize a compassionate response to individuals in crisis. Such responses result in safer interactions and reduces liability for the agency.” -James Ballard, CFI, Goshen Police Department Community, Mental Health, & Homeless Outreach Liaison (Elkhart Police Department, Retired)
CIT Indiana at a Glance
Providing resources for
Crisis Intervention Teams
CIT is a community-based program designed to improve the response to mental health crisis. It focuses on developing collaborative relationships between law enforcement, mental health providers, and individuals impacted by mental illness. As a pre-arrest diversion program, the goals of CIT include increasing safety, decreasing the number of individuals with mental illness entering the criminal justice system, and increasing referrals to mental health services.