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Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

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The Crisis Intervention  Team (CIT)  accepts volunteers with either a specialty in mental health or sexual assault and domestic violence. CIT volunteers need a minimum of a related bachelors’ college degree, but a masters, doctorate, or other specialized post graduate degree is preferred.

In addition, CIT professionals must be currently practicing and have at least one year of current clinical experience beyond their clinical internship hours. Sexual assault (SA) and domestic violence (DV) specialists need at least one year of experience and must be actively involved with a program on an ongoing basis. Ideally, SA/DV specialists should have a related bachelors or higher degree, but it is not required.

Crisis Intervention Team FAQs

Question: Do I need to get a license in the state of Nevada to be on the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)?

Answer:  No you do not.  Though you may be a licensed therapist, when you are on the CIT you are triaging incidents, offering support ,and being the patients advocate.

Question: Is there a specialized unit that deals with sexual assaults and domestic violence?

Answer: Yes

Question: Is there a specialized  unit that  deals with children and adolescents?

Answer: Yes

Question: What does the SAT (Sexual Assault Team) do?

Answer: The SAT respond to calls regarding sexual assault and domestic violence.

Question: What is the difference between CIT and SAT?

Answer:

CIT = Crisis Intervention Team: crisis response/mental health

SAT = Sexual Assault Team: sexual assault/domestic violence response

Question: Do the same people work on both teams?

Answer: They can. It depends on their training and back ground. SAT members have specific training.

Question: How many people are on the team and what are their professions?

Answer: As our city’s population has grown, so has the size of our response team.  As of this writing, we have a team of 50 valued and skilled volunteers, and 9 staff supervisors.

Question: What are the age ranges,  gender identifications, and sexual orientations of team members?

Answer: They are all over the map both demographically and geographically, as a reflection of our population. Our team is comprised of 20-somethings to 70-somethings of all gender & sexual identifications.

Question: How many involuntary holds (Legal 2000s) occur each year?  What leads to them?

Answer: No one likes abrogating anyone’s rights involuntarily, and fortunately through appropriate response and care by our professional and medical staff these instances are low. Our aim is to ensure the safety of our BRC population.

Question: Do team members have to do physical take downs or restrain people?

Answer: No

Question: Do I have to camp with the team?

Answer: No. But we do care about your personal social support on-playa, so we hope you camp with an awesome crowd!

Question: Does the team have a central location or station?

Answer: No. There is no physical MHB station to report to.  We do meet for briefings however.

Question: How does the team get to calls?

Answer: Our trusted bike-steeds!

Question: Where do I work during my shift?

Answer: During your shift you are on call for 24 hours and carry a radio and pager.  During that time you are free to go about your regular BRC activities.  Just be in good sober condition and well rested to go on a call and be able to travel on bicycle to the location of a call when paged.

Question: Do I have to be with my team during the entire time I am working?

Answer: No. That’s the cool thing about having our own text pager and radio. We call you to where and when we need you.

Question: Do I need a uniform?

Answer: All ESD staff are issued distinctive shirts and identification, which you are ONLY allowed to wear when on duty. You can then pick out all the other ESD staff on duty in the crowd, by spotting the bright yellow shirt. This can be very helpful in crisis situations.