Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)

Since 2014, Hope For Three has served as the autism educator and partner for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program. The CIT program has trained nearly 3,500 officers and members of law enforcement from Greater Houston, surrounding counties, and all of Texas and is sponsored by James Avery Forging Hope and the Texas Bar Association. 

CIT training educates first responders on engagement strategies and intervention techniques to diffuse crises for individuals with autism and those with mental illness. “Police are trained to respond to a crisis with a certain protocol, but this protocol may not always be the best way to interact with individuals with autism,” said Lieutenant Scott Soland, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and Texas CIT Association, President.

A specialized unit of ten officers formed within the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and funded under federal grants, CIT assists in helping individuals with mental illness. The team’s objective is to work within the mental health provider network by assisting mental health consumers in crisis to reach the appropriate care by diverting these individuals away from incarceration or emergency rooms, including autistic individuals.

Please complete the form below if you would like to schedule a CIT presentation in your area. For immediate assistance, contact Darla Farmer, 281-245-0640, Lieutenant Scott Soland, Scott.Soland@fortbendcountytx.gov or Lieutenant Jerome Ellis Jerome.Ellis@fortbendcountytx.gov ~ Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, 251-341-8530,

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Hope For Three’s CIT training initiatives are generously sponsored by: