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!
9/27/16 Richmond CIT has produced an excellent CIT video. Check it out here.
8/22/16 Some of the veteran Norfolk CIT trainers involved with this excellent film screening over this past weekend. Sgt. Chris Scallon is someone that makes us all proud! See the story here.
8/11/16 The 2017 Virginia CIT Conference date is set! May 7 - 9, 2017. More info here.
6/17/16 Make sure to stroll over and see the new VACIT Facebook page! Just search VACIT!
6/16/16 Make sure to check out Norfolk CIT in the news! Article title: "Don't ignore police successes with the mentally ill."
2/10/16 The VACSB is holding their annual Emergency Services Conference in Alexandria this year. Too often we focus on the law enforcement side of CIT. Training our Officers to deescalate persons in crisis is critical but our behavioral health partners are the folks many consumers are transported to for appropriate final dispositioning of the case. I would encourage everyone to reach out to your respective CSBs and attend this year's conference. More information here.
2/8/16 The Virginia Crisis Intervention Team Inventory is posted up under the Public Policy tab. Have a look.
10/20/15 The 4th Annual Virginia CIT Conference was a huge success. The VACIT Leadership Team should be commended for all thier hard work and planning. Clearly a group effort that was made all the better by numerous volunteers and supporters. Thanks all!
2015 VACIT Award Recipients:
Peer of the Year - David Rockwell, Henrico
Behavioral Healthcare Provider of the Year - Melanie Adkins, NRV
Trainer of the Year - Lt. Wayne Handley, Norfolk
Coordinator of the Year - Jay Sexton, (Ret Maj.), Colonial
Communications Officer of the Year - Melissa Krebs, Rappahannock
Corrections Officer of the Year - Andrew McNorton, Blue Ridge
Officer of the Year - Eli Kendrick, Virginia Beach
CIT Program of the Year - Norfolk
Conference pictures are still clearing Customs I hear. So soon we hope. :)
9/25/15 Prince William CIT in the news complete with video. I can tell you first hand, they have a nice program that way. See for yourself here.
8/11/15 Don't forget to register for the 4th Annual Virginia CIT Conference held in Hampton this year!
8/5/15 Our very own Tom Von Hemert (Thomas Jefferson Area CIT) was a guest on the nationally broadcast 'Diane Rehm's Show' discussing mental health, CIT and jail diversion. Here's a link to the page where you can stream the show in case you missed it.
7/9/15 Norfolk's rapid CIT Program development is something to be proud of. 201 Officers trained in nine months! Looks like they are in the news as well. Video and print here.
1/14/15 Newport News City Council and Mayor honor Newport News CIT Officer for actions in the field. See the video . (CIT Portion is 3:10 to 14:35)
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!