What Is CIP?

Crisis Intervention Partners (CIP) training is a 16 hour training modeled after the training component of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs. CIP is designed for wide-ranging audiences interested in better understanding and improving interactions with people who experience mental health crises. Participants include correctional officers, 911 dispatchers, emergency personnel, hospital staff, teachers, social workers, and more.

Through information and practice, CIP is re-training participants to effectively use attitudes, beliefs, and verbal/non verbal skills as part of their response to crisis situations.

Core Elements of CIT&CIP Wisconsin Training Programs

Sample Agenda of CIP Wisconsin Training Program


What does CIP include?

  • Basic education on human development & the impact of trauma
  • Overview of various mental illnesses (symptoms, treatments)
  • Presentation & discussion with individuals living with mental illness
  • Education on safe, effective crisis de-escalation and active listening skills
  • Self-care, building of support networks, and resiliency
  • Interactive role-plays on crisis de-escalation with feedback from trainers
  • Other activities might include: auditory hallucination (hearing voices) simulations

What is the core philosophy behind CIP?

  • Improve the overall safety of an organization, facility, or institution for individuals and staff.
  •  Avoid unnecessary use of force
  • Improve identification, referral, and treatment planing for those living with mental illness
  • Improve staff moral through increased confidence and collaboration.


What is the status of CIP in WI?

NAMI Greater Milwaukee and community partners developed CIP in 2004. Since then, many audiences have experienced and benefited from CIP trainings. CIP is offered across the Wisconsin Department of Adult Institutions (maximum, medium, and minimal security prisons). Currently, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections is partnering with NAMI Wisconsin and local affiliates to bring CIP to all Wisconsin correctional institutions (see map).