The first CIT was established in Memphis in 1998 after the tragic shooting by a police officer of a man with a serious mental illness. Today, the so-called “Memphis Model” has been adopted by hundreds of communities in more than 35 states, and is being implemented statewide in Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Utah and Kentucky.
CIT believes that law enforcement officers who are trained can effectively assist individuals with mental illnesses and other brain disorders that are in crisis, therefore advancing public safety and reducing the stigma commonly associated with mental illness
Those participating in the development of our local process include the Tri-County Regional Jail Facility, Logan/Champaign NAMI, Logan and Champaign County Sheriff’s Offices, Urbana City Police Department, Bellefontaine City Police Department, the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services Board of Logan and Champaign Counties, and Consolidated Care, Inc.
The CIT affiliates of Logan and Champaign Counties remains committed to the CIT Program. It is our goal to have 100% of our communities’ law officers and dispatchers trained as well as to be able to offer refresher courses and advanced trainings on the topic in the future.