Crisis Intervention and Mental Health

Final DRAFT Cleveland Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Curriculum: 

The Cleveland Division of Police and the Training Sub-committee of the Mental Health Response Advisory Committee have been working to review, revise and make recommendations to CIT Training Curriculum for the Cleveland Division of Police. 

Below are links to the Training Sub-Committee's Proposed Final Draft Curriculum for the 8-hour Crisis Training for all Cleveland Police Officers per ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County:

ADAMHS Board Policy Research

​​​The Policy Sub-committee of the Mental Health Response Advisory Committee worked to review, revise and make recommendations to crisis intervention policies for the Cleveland Division of Police. 

Policy Sub-committee Research:

The Committee has obtained and reviewed the following policies from Cleveland and other communities across the country.

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January 31, 2018

As required by the MOU between the City of Cleveland and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County, the Mental Health Response Advisory Committee (MHRAC) has developed this 2017 Annual Report.

August 28, 2017

Overarching Goal of Work Plan: Address gaps in resources, knowledge and infrastructure regarding crisis intervention.

August 07, 2017

The Cleveland Division of Police is committed to a rigorous selection process in choosing police officers for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).  This selection process will ensure that only volunteers who are committed to the CIT concept and its principles will be selected as specialized CIT officers. Volunteers who are committed to the concepts and principles will create better outcomes for the citizens of Cleveland who suffer from mental illness, substance abuse issues, or other special needs.

February 06, 2017

The Mental Health Response Advisory Committee (MHRAC) was developed as part of the Settlement Agreement between the City of Cleveland and the Department of Justice. The settlement was reached to address concerns about the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) use-of-force policies and practices. The Agreement contains a mental health component that required the development of the MHRAC by the City of Cleveland and the CDP no later than December 9, 2015.


The City of Cleveland selected the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County to assist with establishing and implementing the MHRAC to assist with the Police Crisis  Intervention Program. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Cleveland Department of Public Safety, the Chief of Police and the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County was developed and signed on September 10, 2015 – well before the deadline in the Agreement.

January 05, 2017

To establish guidelines for the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) to interact with individuals who are suffering from a crisis by: improving the safety of officers and the Cleveland community, promoting community solutions to assist individuals in crisis, and diverting those individuals away from the criminal justice system.

January 05, 2017

To define terminology used in the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Policies.

January 05, 2017

To increase the effectiveness of the Cleveland Division of Police’s (CDP) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program by: facilitating communication between CDP and the behavioral health community; developing a foundation that promotes effective solutions for assisting those in crisis or with behavioral health challenges; improving the crisis intervention training of officers; increasing the resources available to CDP; reducing the need for individuals in crisis to have further involvement with the criminal justice system; and improving the safety of officers and the Cleveland community.

November 26, 2016

To establish guidelines for the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) to interact with individuals who are suffering from a crisis by: improving the safety of officers and the Cleveland community, promoting community solutions to assist individuals in crisis, and diverting those individuals away from the criminal justice system.

November 26, 2016

To increase the effectiveness of the Cleveland Division of Police’s (CDP) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program by: facilitating communication between CDP and the behavioral health community; developing a foundation that promotes effective solutions for assisting those in crisis or with behavioral health challenges; improving the crisis intervention training of officers; increasing the resources available to CDP; reducing the need for individuals in crisis to have further involvement with the criminal justice system; and improving the safety of officers and the Cleveland community.

November 26, 2016

To define terminology used in the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Policies.

January 29, 2016

The Mental Health Response Advisory Committee is pleased to provide this first annual report to the City of Cleveland; the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga; the Cleveland Division of Police and the community-at-large. The entire committee believes that the challenges our city faces as described in the U.S. Department of Justice Investigation of the Cleveland Division of Police are opportunities to make Cleveland a city where everyone – including people living with mental illness and addiction - is treated safely with dignity and respect.


The work of this committee also supports opportunities to improve the mental health and addiction services continuum of care and address gaps and make improvements to our behavioral health system to ensure that the Cleveland Division of Police – and the citizens of Cleveland - have the resources available to assist people in crisis, as well as to services that maintain recovery from mental illness and/or addictions.

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