Police Services • Emergency Response • Emergency Services • Mental Health • Crisis Intervention
CIT Officers are available in all police districts in the city of Chicago, and some suburbs. Officers who have completed this 40-hour training are knowledgeable about the signs and symptoms of mental illness. They are trained how to interact, intervene, and de-escalate situations with persons in crisis and potentially in need of a psychiatric evaluation.
- This service is free
How to Apply
For emergency police assistance due to a mental health issue, it is recommended that individuals follow these steps in order to request a CIT trained Chicago Police officer:
- Call 911 and ask that a CIT trained officer respond to the situation. Clearly state that the crisis is a mental health issue.
- Be prepared to answer the 911 operator’s questions. This includes the person’s address or current location, phone number, approximate age, race, physical description, diagnosis, and the presence of weapons.
- If you need additional assistance please call the NAMI Chicago Office at 312-563-0445 Monday through Friday 10:00am-5:00pm.