Welcome to the Virginia CIT Coalition Website
The Virginia Crisis Intervention Team (VACIT) Coalition is a collaborative membership group. Members include individuals interested in learning about or supporting CIT initiatives as well as representatives from CIT programs throughout Virginia. Regardless of whether a program is in its initial stages of development, still working to implement various aspects of the CIT program or a fully operational CIT, we share ideas, resources and information all for the betterment of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
The mission of VACIT is to promote and support the effective development and implementation of CIT programs in Virginia in order to improve the criminal justice and mental health systems and to help prevent inappropriate incarceration of individuals with mental illness.
CIT NEWS from around the Commonwealth!
1/14/15 Newport News City Council and Mayor honor Newport News CIT Officer for actions in the field. See the video here. (CIT Portion is 3:10 to 14:35)
1/5/14 Police Chief Magazine has a nice piece up on CIT, specifically our very own Richmond CIT folks. Here's the link.
12/19/14 Many of us know about the "CIT Curse" that right after the CIT training, someone always ends up thrust into a high intensity encounter. December CIT Core graduate Officer Andrew Gohn was warned about it in a graduation speech given the week before this event happened. Great job handling this situation CIT Officer Andrew Gohn and right by the numbers! Get the full story with body camera and interview videos here. (Warning graphic content)
11/18/14 Thanks Tom of Thomas Jefferson Area CIT for forwarding this great back to basics card about listening.
09/01/14 Excellent work Officer Bowles! Officer Bowles just completed Core CIT training with MPNN CIT in May of 2014. I'm sure this consumer's family appreciates him and his training even more. Get the story here.
06/25/14 New TDO/ECO code goes into effect on July 1st, 2014. If you did not have an opportunity to hear the OAG's presentation on the code changes (no they aren't scary), see the Senior Assistant Attorney General's presentation here which does a great job of covering the process changes coming online very soon. Other useful items and resources are listed on the DBHDS's webpage here. Keep in mind the FAQ section there is updated routinely.
05/21/14 The Third Annual Virginia CIT Conference held in Richmond was a tremendous success! There are a large number of photos posted on Shutterfly here.
A quick nod to all of this year's award nominations and a thank you to those three individuals reviewing each nomination and voting winners in each category. Thank you John Pezzoli DBHDS, Bruce Cruser DCJS and Sarah Steadman NAMI Virginia for all your hard work.
CIT Communications Officer of the Year - Adrienee Gaines.
CIT Behavioral Healthcare Provider of the Year - Carol Schott.
CIT Community Advocate of the Year - Becky Sterling.
CIT Deputy of the Year - Dep. Andrew Raughley.
CIT Officer of the Year - Lt. Shannon Wichtendahl.
CIT Trainer of the Year - Ofc. Dustin Eddington.
CIT Coordinator of the Year - Cowinners: Patrick Halpern and Dean Barker
CIT Program of the Year - New River Valley CIT.
Congratulations to all the award reciptants!
Sticky Note: Virginia CIT Coordinators, please email Dean Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org your CIT training calanders to add to the Training Schedule link.
Welcome to the Virginia CIT Coalition Website. Stay tuned to exciting updates about training schedules, curricula and CIT events from all across Virginia!