April 2008: Vol.3, Issue 4
Contributor: Ron Honberg
This month, the national CIT Advisory Group met in
The following individuals were elected as officers of the new organization.
Lt. Michael Woody (retired), Law Enforcement Liaison for the Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence, will be President.
Michele Saunders, Executive Director of Florida Partners in Crisis, will be the 1st Vice President.
Joseph Mucenski of
Victoria Cochran, JD, coordinator of the
Jim Dailey of
Last but not last, Major Sam Cochran and Randy Dupont, Ph.D, the pioneers and for many years the driving forces behind
As CIT programs continue to proliferate nationally, one immediate priority for the new organization will be developing standards for these programs. As Major Cochran has always emphasized, true CIT programs are “more than just training.” They are collaborations between law enforcement, mental health systems, consumers, families and advocates to establish humane alternatives to arrest and incarceration for individuals who are in crisis and in need to treatment and
As part of the ongoing development of NAMI’s CIT Advocacy Toolkit, the
The Cost of CIT
This guide to understanding the costs of running a CIT program asks readers to consider how partners in the community can contribute most of the needed components for a CIT program.
CIT Sample Training Budget
A sample budget for a CIT training session.
Grant Writing Tips for CIT Programs
This guide provides step-by-step instructions for CIT programs interested in searching for and applying for grant funding. The Resources section lists sources for more training in grant writing.
Examples of Successful Grant Applications for CIT
Sometimes it is easiest to learn by example. Read some grant applications that have successfully secured funding for CIT programs.
Most grant applications include similar components. These templates are designed to help grant writers applying for CIT funding answer common questions. You should always tailor templates to the needs of your program and the requirements of the funder. Whenever possible, you should also include local data and information.
Describing the Need for CIT
This template is designed to help grant writers answer a question the question: What is the need? What is the nature of the problem?
Stay tuned for additional templates!
If you have any questions about these new resources, please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law published an article reviewing all available research on the effectiveness of CIT. The article, entitled “A Comprehensive Review of Extant Research on Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Programs,” was written by Michael T. Compton, MD, MPH, Masuma Bahora, MPH, Amy C. Watson, PhD and Janet R. Oliva, PhD. The authors find that existing research shows CIT is a promising practice for changing officer attitudes and diverting people with mental illnesses to treatment. However, the authors point out a need for more research into the diversion and treatment outcomes of CIT; most of the existing research is on officers rather than consumers. The authors also note a need for clear standards and definitions around the Memphis Model: the Memphis CIT program is well-studied, but those studies may not apply to other communities that have structured their programs differently than
An abstract of the article, as well as citation information, can be found at the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law website.
The Florida Department of Children and Families awarded $8 million in matching grants to
In March, The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law published an article by Dr. Janet Oliva and Dr. Michael Compton that provides an overview of the Georgia CIT program. The article, entitled “A Statewide Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Initiative: Evolution of the Georgia CIT Program” reviews the history and implementation of the statewide CIT program in
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