It is the mission of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Intervention Team to provide the most comprehensive and effective law enforcement response to help persons undergoing a mental health crisis.
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a community-based partnership working with mental health consumers, family members, and mental health professionals in responding to individuals in a mental health crisis. The CIT program provides an avenue for the development of community partnerships and the collaboration of working together for community interest in service and care.
Our goal is to set a standard of excellence for our Deputies with respect to the treatment of individuals with mental illness. Deputies will be provided with the best quality training available, they will be part of a specialized team that can respond to a crisis and will work with our partners to resolve each situation in a manner that shows concern for the citizen’s wellbeing.
As the primary 9-1-1 law enforcement agency in unincorporated areas of Montgomery County, Sheriff Henderson recognizes the importance of having an innovative team that will work as a force multiplier in our response to a person in a mental health crisis. The CIT Unit will consist of a highly trained deputy with a mental health peace officer license who will be partnered with a Qualified Mental Health Professional employed by Tri-County. This team will respond to calls for service involving a person suffering a mental health crisis and, utilizing their combined skills, intend to de-escalate a situation and offer our citizens the best mental health interventions and services. This unique and creative alliance was established to develop a more intelligent, understandable, and safe approach to mental crisis events.
The CIT Model is instrumental in offering:
- Specially trained officers to respond to crisis calls
- Ongoing training of community and staff aligned to deal with mental health
- Establishments of partnerships with mental health providers, mental health advocates, and mental health consumers.