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    Crisis Intervention Team

    The Lynchburg-Central Virginia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) was formed in 2012. CIT is a concept that has gained national recognition and validation. The program provides specialized training to law enforcement officers and other first responders, in effective handling of incidents involving persons with mental illness or disability in crisis situations. CIT consists mainly of effective communications techniques and links to a variety of mental health treatment alternatives in the community.

    Most officers will receive the CIT training, which consists of 40 hours of classroom training and site visits. Training is funded under a grant by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

    Calls for Assistance:

    You can request that a CIT officer be assigned to respond to your call for assistance when calling 911. There may not be a CIT officer available at all times, but your request will alert the police to the nature of the call, and whenever possible, a CIT officer will be sent to the scene.

    More Information:

    You may contact the CIT Coordinator for the Lynchburg-Central Virginia CIT Program by the following:

    CIT Coordinator
    Deborah Jefferson, Horizon Behavioral Health
    (434) 948-4868