CIT is a police-based pre-arrest jail diversion program. The most widely-known specialized police response program, CIT creates a seamless link between police & emergency mental health services. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has identified key elements to developing a Specialized Police Response (SPR.) The MPD's Mental Health Liaison Program is 1 of 6 model SPR programs selected by the BJA to serve as a peer learning site for other police agencies interested in developing their own SPR. This remarkable 40-hour training offers training in psychiatric disorders, substance abuse issues, de-escalation techniques/scenarios, & legal issues related to mental health. The course is conducted by MPD & NAMI Dane County. Students will participate in valuable exercises that provide an opportunity to interact with individuals who have a mental illness & those who support them.