Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs are community-based programs that bring together law enforcement, mental health professionals, mental health advocates (people living mental illness and their families), and other partners to improve community responses to mental health crises
Based on research to date, CIT has been shown to improve Officers’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors in responding to behavioral health crises; demonstrate cost savings associated with deferred hospital and jail costs; and increase linkages to behavioral health services which contributes to improved individual, organizational and community outcomes. 
Each year, CIT Coordinators host a 40-Hour Basic Academy. Its purpose is to assist law enforcement officers, detention staff, dispatchers and other emergency responders in engaging, assessing, and assisting individuals in crisis with mental health and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. Upon graduating from the Academy, each participant receives a CIT Montana pin (silver or gold). This pin helps consumers and family members recognize a CIT trained and certified law enforcement officer or first responder. For more information, please see the 2021 Academy Final Report.
New this year (2020), the CIT Program Manager is now offering an 8-HR Mental Health First Aid training to Public Safety and Fire/EMS audiences (Learn more about Mental Health First Aid by visiting this website.). She has provided four trainings in total thus far (3 Public Safety and 1 Fire/EMS). The training has been received very well by its participants as noted below.