Correctional Crisis Intervention Programs & Training - NCCHC Resources

Correctional Crisis Intervention Programs & Training

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)

Our crisis intervention training teaches your correctional staff, officers, and administrators to recognize mental health and psychiatric symptoms, calm disruptive behaviors, and apply de-escalation techniques to help them avoid potentially violent interactions and create safe outcomes for staff and incarcerated populations alike. We teach the standards and principles of healthy crisis prevention.

CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) is an ongoing collaboration among security staff, mental health staff, and the teams supporting your institution. While training is a component of the program, the coordinated team response is essential and ever-evolving.

CIT is designed with staff safety in mind as well as improved quality of life for those in their care.

CIT addresses policies and procedures guiding collaboration between mental health and security to improve practices that enhance safety for all.

Crisis Prevention

This training is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to communicate, supervise, and manage individuals dealing with serious mental illness. Throughout the program, you’ll gain insights into the history of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training and its effective implementation in correctional facilities. Additionally, we’ll delve into a comprehensive overview of major mental disorder categories.

The curriculum places a strong emphasis on recognizing the significance of trauma- and gender-informed care, fostering an appreciation for these essential considerations. Furthermore, you will engage in extensive practical exercises to enhance your proficiency in using tactical communication skills specifically tailored for individuals facing serious mental health challenges. Our goal is to ensure you are well-prepared to navigate the complexities of working with this population professionally.

Effective Intervention in Corrections

Mental illness is extremely common in prison, with 70-90% of the prison population dealing with substance abuse, and 10-20% with psychotic disorders.

Understanding mental illness, substance use disorders, suicide, and self-harm, combined with active listening skills and approaches, tactical communication, trauma-informed care, organizational culture, and a focus on self-care have led to improved working conditions with reductions in use of force by as much as 70%.

Crisis Intervention Training can provide the solutions needed to create effective correctional intervention programs in your jail or prison.