1. Breaking Research from Kent State University Department of Sociology!
A major study on CIT conducted by theQuality of Life of People with Mental Illness research program of the Kent State University Sociology Department will be published in the February 2006 issue of Psychiatric Services. The study entitled The Effect of Crisis Intervention Team Training on Police Disposition of Mental Disturbance Calls was funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services. Study findings include an increase in consumer transportation to mental health services, as well as an increase in officers with mental illness training responding to consumers in crisis. Congratulations to the principle investigator Mr. Christian Ritter Ph.D., the Project Director Jennifer L.S. Teller, Ph.D., Mark R. Munetz, Karen M. Gil, and the rest of the research team.
2. Way To Go
Crisis Intervention Team Consultant Lt. Michael S. Woody (ret) has made it his mission to educate law enforcement on the benefits and practices of CIT. Mr. Woody’s extensive and comprehensive work in the state of Ohio has led to a growing number of sworn CIT officers, consumers getting the care they need, and communities becoming safer and more knowledgeable about mental illness. Currently there are 19
3. NAMI New Jersey Law Enforcement Education Program
Through her son’s negative interaction with law enforcement, Ms. Elaine Goodman recognized the need for better collaboration between mental health and law enforcement workers. Instead of accepting the system as is, Ms. Goodman became the embodiment of ‘the personal being political’. Ms. Goodman decided to work to transform policing in the state of
4. In Our Own Voice and CIT – A Natural Partnership
The NAMI Program- "In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness," is a recovery education presentation given by trained presenters designed to give a personal voice to mental illness. Many CIT officers and coordinators feel that hearing the personal stories of consumers betters their training and enhances their understanding of people with mental illnesses. With 37 states and 2000 trained presenters, In Our Own Voice (IIOV) is an extremely valuable resource for those in law enforcement and criminal justice. Trained IIOV presenters are eager to address your audience concerning the interaction between the police and persons with mental illnesses. If you would like to have a NAMI presenter come to your training or education sessions, or if you would like more information, please contact the IOOV National Director, April A. Suhar at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703)516.7226. For more on this program, please visit their website: www.nami.org/IOOV
5. CIT in
Mr. Bud Williams, the CIT Coordinator of the Johnson City Police Department is pleased to announce that its first
6. CIT Across the
7. Eliminating Disparities: Multicultural Strategic
Eliminating Disparities: A Multicultural Strategic Summit will be held on June 28 - July 2, 2006 at the NAMI Annual Convention in
8. Useful Links
The Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CJ/CCoE): http://www.neoucom.edu/CJCCOE/
Established in May 2001 to promote jail diversion alternatives for people with mental illness throughout
The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project: http://www.consensusproject.org
A repository of information about all aspects of jail diversion, reentry, and enhanced treatment for offenders with mental illness.
Administers federal mental health courts program, provides resources and information for jail diversion, publications and reports, information about federal funding sources.
Focused on expanding access to community based services for adult's diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders at all points of contact with the justice system.
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF): http://www.policeforum.org/
Information about criminal justice and mental health, community policing and other relevant information).
The Reentry Policy Council: http://www.reentrypolicy.org/
Bipartisan recommendations for successful prisoner reentry practices. This comprehensive report is beneficial as it recommends reentry strategies that reduce the likelihood of recidivism.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): http://www.samsha.gov
Administers federal jail diversion grant program, resource information, publications, and other helpful information about criminal justice and mental health.
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