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Crisis Intervention Team





CIT LOGOThe Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a partnership program joining local law enforcement and mental health practitioners (private & state) together in an effort to provide those individuals in need with an efficient, effective, respectful and compassionate response.

This is accomplished by providing front-line patrol officers with the knowledge and skills necessary to deal appropriately with families and individuals with mental illness or those experiencing an emotional crisis. 



The Crisis Intervention Team training is a collaborative effort between the McNeese State University (MSU) Department of Psychology, the Lake Charles Police Department, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana Department of Mental Health, Region V and the Lake Charles Chapter of NAMI. The Psychology Department coordinates academic and skills-based training for law enforcement officers on community-based crisis intervention. The 40-hour curriculum is a Louisiana P.O.S.T. approved curriculum developed by Dr. Melville and the psychology department under the direction of Dr. Melville.


Instructors for the training are national experts in their fields and are drawn from the MSU Psychology Department, the MSU College of Nursing, and local professionals with specialized expertise. Topics covered in the week-long, 40-hour course include characteristics of mental illness and substance-use disorders, psychotropic medications, suicide intervention, post-traumatic stress disorders, verbal de-escalation skills and community resources.


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Inc. Minute: Ask a Doc - Ask a Cop Podcast Program


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1028 Enterprise Blvd
Lake Charles, LA 70601
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  • Phone: (337) 491-1456 x 1285
  • Fax: (337) 491-1580
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    M-F 8a-430p

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