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CRIT Module 1

Welcome & Introduction to CRIT


This module sets the stage for the 40-hour Crisis Response and Intervention Training (CRIT). It introduces the lead instructors and the classroom participants to one another, sets expectations for the week, and presents the basic concept of police-mental health collaboration (PMHC) in crisis response. This module also discusses issues related to the high prevalence of people living with mental health (MH) conditions and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the criminal justice system.


It is recommended that this module be taught or co-taught by a law enforcement leader, field training officer, and/or coordinator in crisis response. Co-trainers with lived experience with MH conditions and disabilities may also be included to help define and describe crisis situations, or situations that could become a crisis.

Time: 60 minutes

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this module, participants should be able to: ​

  1. Define Crisis Response and Intervention Training;

  2. Explain the need for crisis response training and programs;

  3. Identify the role of law enforcement in crisis response; and

  4. Describe police-mental health collaboration (PMHC) in crisis response and identify core elements of effective PMHC.


Trainer’s Guide

1. Welcome and Introduction to CRIT
Download PDF • 1.47MB

PowerPoint Presentation

1. Welcome and Introduction to CRIT
Download PPTX • 5.63MB


CRIT Pre-Training Survey
Download PDF • 294KB

CRIT Post-Training Survey
Download PDF • 241KB

PMHC Toolkit - Essential Elements Handout
Download PDF • 154KB

Additional Resources


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