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News and Announcements

Share Your CIT Story!

A successful CIT program takes the work of many individuals and organizations. CIT in Action is featuring question and answer articles with individuals involved in CIT programs--you may have noticed recent articles featuring an academic researcher and a CIT training officer—to provide a variety of perspectives on CIT and promote better understanding between partner organizations.

We want to get the word out about the perspectives of:

  • individuals living with mental illness;
  • law enforcement and correctional officers who are trained in CIT;
  • family members;
  • mental health providers; and
  • other individuals involved with state and local CIT programs.

If you’d like to be considered for an article in CIT in Action please email Laura at laurau@nami.org with a one-paragraph description of your role with your local or state CIT program and why you think your story should be included in the newsletter. To be considered for the next edition of CIT in Action, contact Laura by Dec. 1, 2011.

Police-Mental Health Coalition Forms in New York State

CIT leaders in New York have announced the newly formed Police-Mental Health Crisis Intervention Network (PMHCIN), an organization devoted to promoting development and improvement of specialized policing responses to individuals with mental illness in New York. PMHCIN is actively seeking input and collaboration with all interested stakeholders including those that are currently affiliated with (or hope to develop) a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), a law enforcement-mental health co-response program, and/or other police-involved jail diversion approaches. Potential members of the network include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Law enforcement officers (road patrol and administration);
  • Mental health providers involved with training and consultation to local specialized programs;
  • County and city government personnel (particularly county office of mental health staff);
  • Individuals living with mental illness and advocacy groups for those individuals; and
  • family members and family support/education groups (e.g., NAMI Affiliates).

For more information, please contact Don Kamin, Ph.D., chief, clinical and forensic services at the Monroe County Office of Mental Health in Rochester, N.Y., at dkamin@monroecounty.gov.

Plan Ahead for 2012 NAMI Annual Convention

The 2012 NAMI Annual Convention will be in Seattle June 27-30, 2012. Registration will open Nov. 15. Register early to get the lowest rate! You are also invited to submit workshop proposals. The workshop deadline is Dec. 1.  NAMI is particularly interested in workshop proposals that incorporate skills-building and that help youth and adults living with mental illness and/or caregivers advance along a continuum of resiliency and recovery. To learn more, visit www.nami.org/convention.

Save the Date: National Organization of Forensic Social Work Conference

The National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW), with the support of National Association of Social Workers (Md. chapter), will hold its 29th Annual Conference April 15-18, 2012 at the Tremont Plaza Hotel and Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore, Md. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to network with forensic social workers and other allied professionals from around the world and participate in educational programs from the leaders in this rapidly advancing field. For more information, go to the NOFSW website.

New Corrections and Mental Health Newsletter

In August, the National Institute of Corrections released a new issue of the electronic newsletter, Corrections and Mental Health. This issue features several articles about NAMI Maine’s corrections CIT program as well as a variety of other topics. To read the newsletter, or to subscribe, visit the Corrections and Mental Health website.

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