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CITCrisis Intervention 

In July, 2011 Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and the Oakland Police Department hosted Alameda County’s first training course in Crisis Intervention. Involved in the planning stages of the training, the Berkeley Police Department was able to send officers to that first class—forming the Department’s first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).

CIT training is an innovative police-based crisis intervention program with community, health care and advocacy partnerships. The 38 hour training course provides police-based crisis intervention training to officers for assisting those individuals with a mental illness or who are in psychiatric crisis. CIT training improves the safety of patrol officers, consumers, family members, and the community.  



As part of the mission of our Crisis Intervention Team, the Berkeley Police Department has taken a leading role in working to redirect mental health consumers away from the criminal justice system and back into the community system of care.

While most officers of the Berkeley Police Department have received some training in Crisis Intervention, officers attended the 38 hour CIT training course can be identified by a “CIT” pin worn on their uniform. Berkeley residents, mental health institutions or businesses can request that a CIT Officer respond to calls involving a mental health emergency.  Our CIT officers have training specifically geared toward resolving these incidents safely.


Partnership with the City of Berkeley’s Mobile Crisis Team 

In addition to officers trained in Crisis Intervention, officers also have mental health clinicians that are available to assist persons in mental health crisis.  The City’s Mobile Crisis Team is available everyday—11:30 am to 10 pm and are dispatched via police radio through our Communications Center.  If you or another are having a mental health emergency, you can request that a member of the Mobile Crisis Team also respond when you call for assistance.  



 What You can Do to Help

If you encounter a person you believe is in mental health crisis, try to keep your distance and call for assistance.  If it’s an emergency, dial 911.

If you or a loved one are managing a mental illness or developmental disability and are concerned that you may someday need emergency assistance, consider having a pre-written crisis plan as part of your Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)Having a pre-written crisis plan can assist first responders in understanding the best ways to provide assistance and aid in determining the best place for any necessary treatment and/or follow-up.

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