Melissa DeVault, Jail Diversion Coordinator
20 West Bank Street, Suite 5
Petersburg, VA 23803
Phone: (804) 862-8054, ext. 3106

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program, an international initiative to assist individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis, was developed in Memphis in 1988. A comprehensive training for law enforcement and other first responders, the program has been adopted by over 70 percent of the localities in Virginia, including the D19 catchment area. CIT is more than training; it is a community partnership based on a standard of excellence that treats people in a mental health crisis with respect and dignity and helps link them to treatment. For more information about CIT, click here. The South-Central Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) was established in 2011. It is a community partnership linking law enforcement, District 19 CSB, the community, hospitals, jails, the courts, mental health professionals, consumers of mental health services and family members. CIT officers are trained to recognize and de-escalate crises involving people experiencing a mental health crisis. Our CIT program covers the nine counties served by District 19 CSB. In our community, responders such as CIT Officers and Dispatchers, are now equipped with additional skills to help our consumers in the midst of crisis get connected to the appropriate level of care. In an emergency call 9-1-1 and ask for a CIT trained officer. For more information about the South-Central CIT program, click here. If you are a responder interested in training schedule and/or registration,click here.

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Updated August 28, 2013

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