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Welcome to the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services

Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services

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Crisis Intervention Team Training

The Philadelphia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a coordinated effort among the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Mental Health Partnerships, the Police Advisory Commission, Project H.O.M.E., the Family and Training Advocacy Center, and the University of Pennsylvania.

CIT training emphasizes the principles of violence prevention, de-escalation, and community collaboration. The purpose of the training is to promote empathy and understanding while increasing effective communication with community members when they are in some of the most vulnerable phases of their life. The training is based on a widely utilized and innovative model of crisis intervention.

To learn more about CIT, contact Erin O’Donnell at 215-546-0300, Ext. 3022, or email her at erin.o’donnell@phila.gov.