Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
The Northeast Delta Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is dedicated to safety through the specialized training and utilization of crisis intervention techniques. In a law enforcement environment, this training helps identify and provide the most effective and appropriate response to assist people with a mental illness. CIT provides trained officers and dispatchers in each parish in the Region, which may include public safety officers, Fire Departments, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and other first responders. It provides law enforcement-based crisis intervention training for assisting those individuals with mental illness, and improves the safety of patrol officers, consumers, family members, and citizens within the community. There are two basic objectives of a CIT: improving officer and consumer safety and redirecting individuals with mental illness from the judicial system into the health care system.
As law enforcement officers have been increasingly forced to become front line respondents for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis, the need for officers trained in appropriate response to these individuals, in order to reduce the potential for negative outcomes, has become more important. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has indicated that it believes the CIT model should be adopted in communities throughout the United States.
CIT Contact Information:
Northeast Delta Crisis Intervention Team
Dr. Mkay Bonner, CIT Co-Coordinator
Detective Mark Johnson, CIT Co-Coordinator
2649 Arkansas Road
West Monroe, Louisiana 71291