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Mission The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a community effort that involves mental health providers, consumers, and their family members working together to provide the best possible outcomes during a mental health crisis. Our goal is to set a standard of excellence for our officers with respect to treatment of individuals with mental illness. This is done by establishing individual responsibility for each event and overall accountability for the results. A CIT Officer is provided up to date mental health training and the resources to bring a crisis to a successful conclusion. The officers work as part of a specialized team which responds to a crisis at any time and works with our community partners to resolve that crisis in a manner that shows concern for the consumers and their well being.
The CIT model encourages communities, families, law enforcement officers and mental health professionals to act as a compass for persons with mental illness. An increase in illegal narcotic and alcohol abuse and the “deinstitutionalization” of mentally ill citizens can lead to an increase in homelessness and potential violence, and a consequent increase in involvement by law enforcement.
Traditional police methods, misinformation, and a lack of sensitivity have caused fear and frustration for the mentally ill and their families. As a proactive program, CIT works to prevent tragic situations and find "win-win" solutions for all persons concerned.
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Valeo Behavioral Health Care and the Topeka Police Department agree that an immediate response is preferable in a crisis. By offering an immediate, humane and calm approach, CIT officers reduce the likelihood of physical confrontations and enhance better care for our citizens with mental health issues.
For more information on CIT, contact:
Behavioral Health Unit Supervisor / SGT Josh Klamm / 785-383-4544 / jklamm@Topeka.org
1st Shift CIT Officer / OFC Shawn Kimble / 785-969-5412 / skimble@Topeka.org
2nd Shift CIT Officer / OFC Amanda Evans / 785-581-1765 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Crisis Responder Supervisor / Chrissy Russell /
CRussell@topeka.org / email@example.com
1st Shift Crisis Responder – Shelby Moe / 785-207-2942 /
2nd Shift Crisis Responder – Shaun Moore / 785-207-2942 /
Behavioral Health Unit / 785-297-2942 /