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Crisis Intervention Teams

The first Crisis Intervention Team was developed in Memphis Tennessee in 1988 under the leadership of Lt. Sam Cochran. He partnered with members of NAMI, local universities, and local mental health providers to develop training for law enforcement. Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training now exists in many communities across the United States. While this training was originally developed for law enforcement, it has been expanded to include dispatch, EMTs, and other first responders and criminal justice professionals. Over the course of one week, this 40 hour training teaches participants about various types of mental illnesses, as well as active listening and de-escalation of crisis situations, and what mental health resources are available in the community. The goal is to have a safe resolution of crisis situations involving individuals living with mental illness, and to divert these individuals away from the criminal justice system and into treatment where recovery can begin.

NAMI Indiana does not directly train law enforcement in CIT, but we gladly work with those interested in building or strengthening CIT in their communities. For assistance with CIT in your community, please contact NAMI Indiana's Criminal Justice Director, Marianne Halbert. 

In 2015, Gov. Pence signed SEA 380 into law. This important legislation requires the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Division of Mental Health and Addiction to establish a state CIT Technical Assistance Center. We will update this page as that the CIT-TAC develops. 

Indiana CIT Contact Information by County



Vanderburgh (Evansville)

Lt. Sam Preston (Vand. Sheriff’s Office)

Janie Chappell

Marion (Indianapolis)

Donna Yancey (NAMI)

Tyler Bouma (Marion County SheriffOffice)

Nathan Barlow  (IMPD)

IMPD CIT Webpage

Boone (Lebanon)

Lynette Clark (IN-Well Health)

Hamilton (Carmel)

Sgt. Angela Ellison (Fishers Police Dept)

Madison (Anderson)

Sherriff Scott Mellinger (County Sheriff)

LouAnn Lemaire-Pyle (Aspire)

Delaware (Muncie)

Jeff Lacy (Muncie PD)

Mary Bedel (NAMI)

Allen (Fort Wayne)

Lt. Tony Maze (FWPD)

Tippecanoe (Lafayette)

Astrid Hastak (NAMI)

Lake (Gary)

Amy Brinkley (NAMI)

Kosciusko (Warsaw)*

Huntter Randall (Bowen Center)

Adams (Decatur)

Dearborn (Lawrenceburg)**

Kathy Barnum (NAMI)

Elkhart (Goshen)**

Tina Keim (Elkhart County Sheriff Office)

Lawrence (Bedford)**

Troy Lobosky (Lawrence County Sheriff's Department) 


Vigo (Terre Haute)***

Ashley Williamson (Terre Haute Regional Hospital) 

JamieRoyal (Terre Haute Regional Hospital)

*Bowen Center hosts rural CIT training (held in Warsaw) for officers from the following counties: Kosciusko, Noble, Whitley, Allen, Huntington, LaGrange, Marshall, Wabash, Steuben, DeKalb, and Fulton.

**Planning CIT training or regularly meeting to build CIT coalition

***Interested in CIT but not yet planning

Where is CIT in Indiana?

Indiana CIT by County: Active, Actively Planning, and Interested

CIT Resources for Communities 

Memphis Model National Curriculum- Are you planning a CIT training in your community? The University of Memphis developed this interactive sample 40-hour curriculum which will walk you through the important components of Memphis Model CIT training. Notice the 10+ hours of scenario based skill training! 

Learn More about CIT and CIT Startup - CIT International has published materials to help communities build an effective CIT coalition and training curriculum in their community -- available to the public. 

CIT International - Website with CIT resources from around the world. Membership is $25/ year.

Mental Health First and Aid and CIT - What Should Law Enforcement Do? - The National Council on Behavioral Health and CIT International worked together to publish this white paper about the strengths of and differences between MHFA and CIT. 

Federal Grant Funding Opportunity for CIT - The US Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking applications that demonstrate a collaborative project between criminal justice and mental health partners from eligible applicants to plan, implement, or expand a justice and mental health collaboration program. This program is authorized by the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004 (MIOTCRA) (Pub. L. 108-414) and the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-416). Applications are due April 4, 2017. 
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