About us here at CIP

Who are we and what can we offer you?

CIP and its founders were forged in struggle.  One of the largest forensic hospitals in the nation was in desperate need of answers.  Patients were restrained and secluded for hundreds of hours, weekly.  Injuries associated to containment procedures were high.  People didn’t want to come to work.  Some patients wanted to go back to jail, saying it was safer.
 
 
    A forensic hospital, especially one that is a beneficiary of Joint Commission oversight, has unique obligations in how its personnel respond to crisis.  If the risk of harm or injury isn’t imminent, containment is not supported.  Except in the case of this hospital, containment was the prevailing method of managing a person-in-crisis.  Something had to change.
 
A barricade incident occurred in a non-patient area following arson on a unit at the facility. 
A SWAT team arrived and worked collaboratively with a CIP Founder to resolve the incident without use-of-force.  It was this incident that spring-boarded an idea…a response team…a group of highly trained professionals that can see and move through the crisis to get to the seat of it.  While that idea may not seem unique, this team was…and is today.
 
A psychiatric emergency response team was created, fundamentally committed to responding to crisis without using force unless ABSOLUTELY necessary.
The outcomes of this response team program led to legislative funding for expansion, making it one of the largest, full-time, crisis intervention team programs in the nation.  It’s core training materials were reviewed by local law enforcement, prisons, total confinement facilities, law enforcement training academies and large county jails…the feedback was consistent…NOTHING like it had been seen before.
 

  As collaborative leaders, CIP supports people in their work—by removing roadblocks to help them win.

CIP is about collaboration.  Only through sharing and vetting ideas with partners from law enforcement, fire/EMS, security/corrections, and clinical/medicine disciplines can truly comprehensive programs in crisis response be created. 
 
 
Any great human services organization can be quickly measured by how well they support people-in-crisis.  At CIP, our motivation is expressed in the most detailed programs of instruction, consulting services, and curriculum development for people who are charged with responding to behavioral crisis.  
 
How responders manage the crisis has everything to do with its outcome.  When a person is in crisis, it’s their emergency, not the responder’s. 
 
 
  
CIP’s collective experience in high risk incidents of behavioral crisis is the core of its motivation to share, innovate, and spur change. 
 
Collaboration and team work is the key.  Only in movies and books is there a lone wolf responder, saving the world by resolving an incident singlehandedly.  This doesn’t mean that one person can’t make a difference…it just means
that MOST crisis is a beneficiary of response on a continuum...
and how personnel work collaboratively in identifying priorities, collecting
intel, applying technique…from the ops center to the scene…has
EVERYTHING to do with an incident’s successful outcome.  This is CIP’s
strength.   
 
The business of responding to crisis is growing each year…be a partner…be a leader…change how the world responds.