Not every officer needs to attend the forty-hour course of instruction to learn de-escalation skills. In the same manner that not every officer is trained as a Special Weapons and Tactics operator, or Drug Recognition Expert, CIT Academies are to provide advanced training to those officers who are to become experts in crisis response services.
CIT Utah supports agencies interested in de-escalation training for their law enforcement officers by providing shortened courses of instruction of the same de-escalation skills trained in the CIT Academy.
These are four hour or eight hour courses of instruction to address the various training needs of each agency.
The CIT Academy is a forty-hour course of instruction that is completed in a one-week session. The instructors include Physicians, Psychologists, Licensed Social Workers, Specialists, and Police Instructors.
The objectives of the CIT Academy are to:
CIT Academy students receive training in:
Clinical disorders, psychotropic medications, personality disorders, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, commitment laws, liability issues, non-psychiatric conditions, suicide assessment, age related disorders, children's issues, developmental disabilities, voices simulation, community resources, family and consumer perspectives, and intervention strategies.
Officers receive hands-on experience in the CIT Academy through site visits. Officers meet and speak with consumers at various levels of functioning. Officers meet with persons with post traumatic stress disorder, consumers newly committed to a hospital psychiatric unit, forensic patients, and civilly committed patients.
Officers also attend a lunch at a local mental health day treatment unit or clubhouse and have a one-on-one lunch with consumers that live in the community. A high functioning consumer who is in a state of recovery finalizes the end of the week with a presentation.
Additionally, officers participate in scenario-based training. Officers complete several scenarios and receive feedback from mental health professionals and experienced CIT Officers. Each scenario is based on an actual mental health related cases and is conducted outside of the classroom setting to create as realistic a situation as possible.