Passaic County Police Crisis Intervention Team

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative national model of police based crisis intervention with community healthcare and advocacy partnerships. Police officers, mental health professionals and advocates receive intensive training to respond to citizens experiencing a behavioral crisis. The emphasis is on mental health knowledge, crisis resolution skills, ans access to community based services. Outcome data on this program has shown an increase in health care referrals and a decrease in the number of arrests. The Passaic County CIT Task Force has been meeting for two years to establish a program in Passaic County.

Our first CIT class was held September 19th -September 23rd , 2011 at the Police Academy in Wayne. We trained law enforcement officers from several different municipalities in Passaic County. Trainings will continue throughout the year.

Our second set of classes were March 19th – March 23rd , 2012
The following departments have attended:

- Hawthorne Police Department
– Justice Involved Services
– Montclair State University Police Department
– Passaic County Probation Office
– Passaic County Sherrifs Office
– Pompton Lakes Police Department
– Ringwood Police Department
– St Mary’s Hospital: ICMS
– New Jersey State Police
– Wanaque Police Department
– Wayne Police Department
– William Paterson Police Department
– St Joe’s Hospital Residential Services
– Woodland Park Police Department 

– Glen Rock Police Department

Our next most recent classes were October 22nd – October 26th , 2012 at the Passaic County Police Academy and have 33 more graduates! 

For more information, contact: Joanne Green at (973) 478-4444 ext. 111 or jgreen@mhapassaic.org.