CIT Utah

Improving Crisis Response Systems

What is CIT Utah

CIT Utah is a program of the State of Utah.  The CIT Utah program develops and sustains partnerships between criminal justice services, behavioral healthcare services, and community members.  These partnerships provide three basic services: the training of law enforcement officers and other first responders in proper methods of crisis response and resolution; developing effective crisis response systems; and advocating for accessible behavioral health services and programing.

CIT Utah is primarily funded through the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, as well as private donations.  The program is administered by a contract awarded to CIT Utah, Inc., a nonprofit corporation established specifically for this purpose.

CIT Utah News

CIT Executive Director Participates on a Panel Hosted by the New York University Law School's Center on the Administration of Criminal Law

Click here to see the panelists discuss the decriminalization of mental illness.

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Utah Law Enforcement Officer Appointed to National Committee

Utah Police Officer and CIT Utah Program Director, Ron Bruno, has been appointed to the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee as established in accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act.

The committee reports to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, United States Congress, and any other relevant federal department or agency on issues regarding serious mental illnesses or serious emotional disturbances.

The committee developed a report of federal programing that was presented to congress.

Click here to learn more about the work of the ISMICC and to download their report to congress.



The CIT Utah awards were presented to the honorees at the 2018 NAMI Utah conference. The awards are presented through the partnership of CIT Utah, NAMI Utah, and the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

Agent Christopher Roberts of the Utah Department of Corrections, Adult Probation and Parole was this year's CIT Officer of the Year.  Agent Roberts demonstrated exemplary work in an incident where he intervened in an active suicide attempt.  The person in crisis later admitted to clinical staff that he would have ended his own life if Agent Roberts did not intercede in the manner that he did.

Director Rollin Cook (ret) of the Utah Department of Corrections was the recipient of this year's Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year award.  Director Cook was instrumental with his support of the development of a CIT for Corrections program when he was the Chief Deputy of the Salt Lake County Jail.  He continued to be a leader in CIT in his later position of Director of the Utah Department of Corrections when he supported the reintroduction of the best practices of CIT by once again partnering with CIT Utah to provide CIT for Corrections for all correction personnel in Utah.

Past CIT Utah Coordinators were also honored at this year's award ceremony. 

Chief Darin Adams of the Cedar City Police Department was the original coordinator to develop the CIT Program in the northern part of the five-county Southwest Region.

Captain Ron Wilson of the Utah Department of Corrections was one of the original coordinators to develop the CIT Utah for Corrections Program.

Sgt. Todd Derrick of the Layton City Police Department was a dedicated CIT Regional Coordinator for the Davis Region.

Captain Ericson Smith, CIT Utah Advisory Council Member / CIT Utah Corrections Coordinator; along Chief Darin Adams, Vice President of CIT Utah; Jeremy Christensen, Assistant Director of the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health; LeAnne Huff, Program Administrator, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health; and Rob Wesemann, Executive Director of NAMI Utah presented the awards.


Utah Police Chief Honored as Police Chief of the Year by 

International Organization

Cedar City's Police Chief, Darin Adams, was awarded the CIT International Police Chief of the Year Award during CIT International's  2017 Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Chief Adams was recognized as being "a role model in his field with his progressive  and forward-thinking approach."  The nomination for this award was submitted by the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health out of appreciation  for "his dedication to mental health issues and willingness to support mental health efforts across the state."

Chief Adams was the original CIT Coordinator to expand the CIT Utah Program into Cedar City in 2009.  He has worked diligently over the past few years in cooperation with the Iron County Attorney's Office to implement their first Mental Health Court.  Chief Adams is a founding board member of CIT Utah, Inc. and is currently the corporation's Vice President.  


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