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News and Announcements

NAMI Convention Preview!

Join us for an exciting program at the NAMI national convention in Seattle June 27-30! The Seattle Sheraton Hotel is located in the heart of Seattle, an area rich with restaurants, shopping, attractions, and the world famous Pike Place Market.

As always, the program includes several exciting sessions on the criminal justice system, including:

  • “Recovery, Not Recidivism: Strategies for Helping People Who are Incarcerated,“ a symposium on innovative approaches to help individuals living with serious mental illnesses break the cycle of recidivism and successfully reenter communities after incarceration.
  • The CIT Networking Session, which this year will provide NAMI members to discuss the common challenges to sustaining effective CIT programs over the long haul, and consult and brainstorm with each other, Major Sam Cochran and other national CIT leaders.
  • Several workshops and poster sessions featuring innovative local programs designed to address a variety of criminal justice systems issues.

For more information on these sessions and the rest of this year's program, please click here

The convention theme this year is “Think, Learn and Live: Wellness, Resiliency and Recovery” and the convention program is packed with opportunities to learn, network and be inspired. For details on the convention visit 

CIT: Las Vegas Bound!

From the footprints of the Virginia Beach sand to the lights of the Las Vegas Strip, we are happy to announce the 2012 CIT International Conference.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department along with NAMI Southern Nevada will be hosting the 2012 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International Conference August 20-21, 2012 at the South Point Hotel and Casino in fabulous Las Vegas. This conference presents an unparalleled opportunity to learn, understand, develop, and expand the CIT programs within your community. You will experience an array of fascinating guest speakers, diverse topics, training, workshops and exhibitors to visit. This year’s conference registration will include a dinner and tribute show to the “Rat Pack.” You will be amazed as Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are brought to life again in one unforgettable performance!

The South Point Hotel and Casino is one of the newest hotels on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip and is offering a special room rate of $55.00 a night. For general conference information, conference registration and hotel reservations, please visit us at If you would like to become an exhibitor or sponsor for this conference please contact Detective John Turchetto of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at (702) 828-3255 or

New Report on the High Costs of Prisons

In January, the Vera Institute of Justice released a report detailing the actual costs of prisons to taxpayers. While the report shows that there are numerous hidden costs of state prison systems, it cautions that per inmate cost is not a reflection of quality. Rather than striving for lower prison costs, states should aim for cost-effectiveness, in the form of programs that minimize recidivism and maximize safety. For more information, visit

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 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 April 1, 2012.