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Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training


This 40-hour course for patrol officers and other first responders is designed to educate them about mental illness so that, in times of crisis, officers recognize the issues and utilize de-escalation techniques, minimizing the potential for harm to be done to the consumer, the officer, or the general public.


NAMI Fox Valley is pleased to announce that Karen Aspenson, former executive director of NAMI Fox Valley, and Appleton police Sgt. John Wallschlaeger, are now providing Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and Crisis Intervention Partner (CIP) training under the auspices of Gold Stripe Consulting, their newly formed organization.

Under their visionary leadership, John and Karen brought CIT training to the Fox Valley more than 10 year ago and created a local mind shift about how law enforcement and other professionals respond to crisis involving those
living with mental illness in our community. The CIT/CIP initiative created a ripple effect into many other systems of care (healthcare, access to treatment, 24/7 crisis, family support and respite, etc.) and positively impacts the Fox Valley still today, where the public can easily call for the support of a CIT-trained officer when mental illness is a factor and safety for all is the desired outcome.

A decade of offering CIT and CIP courses, as well as “Advanced CIT,” allowed for local officers and professionals to access training close to home and learn
about local resources. It also allowed Karen and John to train officers and new sites from across the state, expanding the CIT/CIP to hundreds each year.


NAMI Fox Valley will continue to pursue partnership opportunities and ways to support Gold Stripe as they continue the important work of offering CIT and CIP
locally in our community. We wish to extend a huge thank you to Karen, John, the NAMI Fox Valley Board of Directors and staff, as well as law enforcement, corrections and the criminal justice system, for their dedication and
commitment to the CIT initiative – 10 years strong!

CIT/CIP Contact information:
John Wallschlaeger can be reached at or
By mail:
Gold Stripe Consulting, LLC
c/o Karen J. Aspenson
912 Ninth Street
Menasha, WI 54952

For information on upcoming CIT/CIP training opportunities, contact:


John Wallschlaeger
(920) 420-2101


"It used to be 'my way, or off to jail.' CIT encourages compassion and problem solving. I work to reduce future contacts by taking proactive steps."


- CIT graduate

"CIT has added a totally new dimension to my law enforcement career. It has brought people, organizations and families together for a common cause."


-CIT graduate

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