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Crisis Intervention Team

Crisis Intervention Team

Welcome to CIT

The Crisis Intervention Team training is a collaborative effort between the Psychology Department, the Lake Charles Police Department, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office and the Lake Charles Chapter of NAMI. The Psychology Department coordinates academic and skills-based training for law enforcement officers on community-based crisis intervention. The training is based on a POST Approved curriculum developed by the psychology department under the direction of Dr. Melville. Dr. Melville currently serves as the CIT Academic Coordinator. Instructors for the training are national experts in their fields and are drawn from the MSU Psychology Department, the MSU College of Nursing, and local professionals with specialized expertise. Topics covered in the week-long, forty-hour course include, characteristics of mental illness and substance-use disorders, psychotropic medications, suicide intervention, post-traumatic stress disorders, and community resources. Each topic is presented from a law enforcement skills perspective on how to respond in crisis situations involving individuals with mental illness. The CIT training is conducted four times per year on the McNeese State University campus.

CIT Mission Statement

"The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a partnership program which joins mental health consumers and their families with the National Association of the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the Louisiana Office of Mental Health, local law enforcement agencies, and other mental health practitioners, in an effort to provide those individuals in need with an efficient, effective, respectful, and compassionate response."