Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT): The Benefits of CIT-Trained Staff for Reducing Behavioral Challenges in Prison Residents with Mental Health Issues

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT): The Benefits of CIT-Trained Staff for Reducing Behavioral Challenges in Prison Residents with Mental Health Issues

BetaGov. “Crisis Intervention Training (CIT): The Benefits of CIT-Trained Staff for Reducing Behavioral Challenges in Prison Residents with Mental Health Issues.”

“More than half of prison residents have a diagnosed mental health disorder. Some correctional institutions have established training programs to prepare staff for interactions with persons diagnosed with mental health conditions. Efforts are focused on resolving crisis and reducing disruptive behaviors. Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) is an intensive four-¬day program to teach corrections officers skills and methods for interacting with this population.”

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Keywords: mental health, mental illness, vulnerable populations, crisis intervention, staff training