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2010 CIT International Conference

Crisis Intervention Team

This year’s CIT International Conference (formerly the CIT National Conference) will be in beautiful San Antonio from June 1-3. The CIT International Conference will showcase initiatives that promote crisis intervention teams (CITs), which are collaborations between law enforcement, mental health and advocacy systems designed to improve services to people living with mental illness.

NAMI members have been integral to the growth of CIT programs around the country since the first CIT was started in Memphis in the 1980s. CIT is a community program that brings together law enforcement agencies, mental health providers and local NAMI affiliates to improve the police response to people living with mental illness who are in crisis. NAMI affiliates are often the catalyst for building these partnerships and play a key role in the program by helping to organize training events, providing speakers and keeping the program focused on the needs of people living with mental illness and family members.

This year’s conference will showcase programs from many U.S. states and several nations. Workshop topics include specialized CIT programs that address the needs of veterans and children, the contributions of individuals living with mental illness and family advocates, measuring program outcomes, specialty courts and much more. Dr. Fred Frese, former NAMI National Board member and longtime CIT advocate, is featured as the closing speaker.

The CIT International conference is hosted by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, the Center for Health Care Services of Bexar County, the National Center for Behavioral Health Solutions and the San Antonio Police Department. For more information and to register visit the conference Web site.

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