Navigating the Justice System: What You Need to Know
Ask a Cop: Avoiding Arrest During a Mental Health Crisis
Ask a Cop is an occasional column produced by NAMI’s CIT Center, answering common questions about law enforcement and mental health issues. It features expert advice from Sr. Corporal Herb Cotner, of the Dallas Police Department and Sherry Cusumano, president of NAMI Dallas.
A Guide to Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System
This guide offers consumers and family members basic information about how to navigate the criminal justice system.
Working with Public Defenders: Q&A with Stephen Bush
When an individual living with mental illness is arrested, often his or her only advocate in the justice system is the public defender. This resource helps individuals and families understand the role of the public defender and answers common questions about how family members can work with public defenders more effectively.
Criminal Justice Self-Advocacy FAQ
Designed as a companion to the Guide to Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System, this resource answers common questions such as what are my rights while in jail or prison? How can I help my loved one who is being mistreated in jail or prison? What programs can help my loved one get transferred from jail to treatment?
State Specific Guides
Contact your NAMI State Organization for state-specific information. Here is a selection of state-specific resources for navigating the criminal justice system.
California: NAMI California
NAMI California maintains extensive resources for individuals and families in jail and prison in California.