Law Enforcement and Children: CIT-Y + REACT Information and Registration

Download the CIT-Y Class Brochure

Who should attend?
  • CIT Trained Police Officers
  • EMPS Crisis Clinicians
  • Child Welfare Staff (second day only)



Officer Avelina Rivera, Watertown PD and Officer Todd McCormack, Waterbury PD - Law Enforcement Instructors for CIT for Youth.

What is CIT-Y ?

Crisis Intervention Team—Youth (CIT-Y) is a new training curriculum developed by police officers for police officers to address youth-specific issues.

What is the School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI)?

The School-Based Diversion Initiative is a program that aims to reduce juvenile justice involvement among youth with emotional or behavioral challenges. It is designed to decrease school arrests by connecting at-risk youth with to community based mental health services. SBDI works to educate teachers, staff, administrators, and school resource officers on how to identify children with behavioral health needs and build connections between schools and effective mental health services.

What does the training entail?

This 1.5 day training will train CIT officers on the new CIT-Y training curriculum during the first full day. During the second-half day, officers will be joined by EMPS mobile crisis clinicians and child welfare staff for the introduction to the REACT model, which will cover procedures and clinical strategies to use when responding to children who are affected by their caregivers arrest. This training is an introduction of the full REACT model which involves integration into a full police department.

  • Additional strategies for law enforcement when dealing with children
  • Adolescent developmental concepts
  • Effects of trauma on the developing brain
  • Limiting a child’s exposure to trauma
  • Youth crisis intervention, de-escalation and communication techniques
  • Community resources to link youth to supports and services
  • Collaborating with EMPS mobile crisis clinicians and child welfare

Class times are 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM on the first day, and 8:30 AM – Noon on the second day. Refreshments and registration start at 8:00 AM.

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