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!
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 here. (CIT Portion is 3:10 to 14:35)
1/5/15 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.
Sticky Note: Virginia CIT Coordinators, please email Dean Barker at email@example.com 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!