C.I.T. - Crisis Intervention Training


SPAN-GA has partnered with NAMI-GA to train Law Enforcement, EMS, Pardon and Parole, and others in Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Aftercare as well as Self-Care for Law Enforcement.


Sheri McGuinness, SPAN-GA's President/CEO is the author of the Understanding Suicide section of the week long CIT program. 


The Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a dynamic collaboration of professionals committed to ensuring that persons with mental illnesses and other brain disorders receive treatment, in lieu of incarceration in most cases.

The program includes a law enforcement training component delivered via a forty-hour course curriculum approved by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as follows:

  • Classroom instructional training involving various mental health topics that address mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases

  • Site visits to local emergency receiving facilities and state psychiatric hospitals

  • Performance-based training involving the development of de-escalation techniques and crisis intervention skills via role-play scenarios.


Law enforcement officers who successfully complete the course are equipped with the skills necessary to safely and effectively respond to individuals with mental health needs and in crisis.


This is not a Crisis Line or Crisis Site.  If you have an emergency call 911 or the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225