Missoula’s Crisis Intervention Team receives large federal grant

Missoula’s program for crisis response training is getting a large chunk of federal money that will allow continued operation and implement new guidance to bolster coordination efforts between Missoula health and safety agencies that support people in crisis.

The Crisis Intervention Team, also known as CIT, runs out of the Missoula Police Department. The team trains Missoula first responders from multiple departments on how to best respond to 911 calls that include mental health or substance abuse components. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, totals $487,564, city leadership announced Wednesday. 

It gives a temporary line of funding for the team to continue their work, along with adding a fourth staff person and giving CIT resources to introduce training in Missoula to streamline agencies’ care and management of individuals navigating services such as substance abuse treatment and reliable housing.

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Theresa Williams, the program manager for Missoula County Crisis Intervention Team, talks about the team’s work throughout the county during a panel discussion hosted by the HB 872 Commission at the University of Montana

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