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                  April  2016
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April 2016 Contents

CIT International Conference 
Chicago April 25-27 2016 Chicago IL
Registration now Open
You can walk in and register during the conference

CIT International Conference is just around the corner.  
There is plenty for everyone:

Start your conference with the

  •  Pre-Conference Learning Academy - Starting or Improving your CIT (Sunday 1-5)
  •  Over 95+ Workshops
  • Four National Keynote Speakers
  • Exciting Networking Event at Buddy Guy's Legends.  Food and Beverages are part of the fee - space is limited and is filling up quickly so get your ticket today.  A limited number of tickets will be sold on Sunday
  • Awards Luncheon - time to honor each other and the CIT work of this year's award recipients
  •  A wonderful meeting venue with lots of Chicago History
  •  A time to connect with old friends and meet new friends


 CIT International Announces a

Start or Improve your CIT Program...
based on the CORE ELEMENTS

This workshop is designed for communities investing in starting a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program or reinvesting as to a second look; an up-close and personal review of the CIT Core Elements. Learn from the master and originator of the Memphis Model, Major (retired) Sam Cochran and other long standing CIT Colleagues as they outline the Core Elements necessary in planning, developing, implementing and sustaining the CIT Model. This team will also help your community identify its readiness for starting a CIT program, pitfalls to avoid and creating a strategic plan for you to take home. This series will be highly interactive with the audience.

No Registration necessary
No Cost
Just plan to attend and come prepared with questions, experiences and ideas

When: Sunday April 24, 2016 from 1 pm - 5 pm
Where: Salon A-5
Who should attend?
Law Enforcement CIT Coordinators
Mental Health CIT Coordinators
Advocate CIT Coordinators

more info:

The 2016 CIT International Conference is just around the corner. This year we have brought in more then the usual number of dynamic speakers to not only "kick things off" at our opening but also to keep things going at a great pace. 

We are very excited to have former Rhode Island U. S. Representative The Honorable Patrick Kennedy; the acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division and the top civil rights prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice Vanita Gupta; Thomas "Tom" Dart the Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, who serves as the chief executive of the second largest such department in the United States after Los Angeles; and Psychiatrist, Harvard Professor & Medical Director for NAMI Ken Duckworth, MD as our keynote and featured speakers among others.

Our conference is being held at the historic Hilton Downtown, right on Michigan Ave.

And please stop by the CIT International Booth to say hello and drop off your community's CIT Pin in hopes of it winning the "2016 Pin of the Year" at our Awards Ceremony!

2016 Chicago CIT Conference - Workshop Presentations List
Take a Look and see what's in store for you in Chicago. Don't Miss It!

Smartphone  workshop schedule

T he conference workshop schedule is available for apple smart phones, ipads and and android devices.

How to to Get the App on your device.

1. Download 'Guidebook' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace.

2. From the Guidebook application, tap "Download Guides"

3. Enter the code citguide and the guide will download to your device!

This guide can be viewed at:

Our "Networking Event" for Monday evening is quickly filling to capacity. So you may want to sign up for it ASAP!  A lot of people were disappointed at a past conference because they mistakenly thought they would be able to get tickets to this event once they arrived. Unfortunately it sold out in advance.

Don't miss out on an evening of fun with your fellow CIT colleagues.  
This event will have live music, a buffet of homemade 
Cajun/Southern fare and an open bar (6:00 - 8:00)

Come enjoy Chicago blues in one of the world's most famous clubs
Buddy Guy's LEGENDS
Monday:  April 25, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
                                                          BUY TICKET NOW


The Programs / Training Committee of the CIT International Board of Directors is seeking your input.  We are interested in your experience and thoughts about training that occurs after the initial, week-long training.   We are in the process of developing a list of suggested advanced training topics and have developed a brief survey to gather information. Thanks to those of you that already completed the survey. For those of you that haven't, please take a few minutes and click on the link below and complete the survey.  Thanks for your help.

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U.S. Dept of Justice Investigative Reports on police organizations 

"To assist in further development of a Memphis Model CIT program, BHU, training staff, and ECIT officers should be encouraged to attend the CIT International Conference, to the extent possible, April 25-27, 2016 in Chicago "

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