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CIT in Action

February 2010

Feature Story: "Housing First" Approach Benefits Both Consumers and Law Enforcement

The “housing first” model has become the favored approach to addressing homelessness around the country. Besides successfully aiding people who live with mental illness experiencing homelessness, it presents a huge aid to law enforcement and shifts responsibilities from police to social workers and mental health care providers.  Read More…

Advocacy Spotlight: Chicago Begins Specialized Veterans CIT Program

As more and more veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan, many will be affected by mental illness and encounter law enforcement??? In what ways?. Recently, police in Chicago participated in specialized CIT training to prepare them for working with returning veterans who live with mental illness.   Read More…       

News and Announcements

BJA Releases Mental Health Collaboration Grant Program Solicitation

On Feb. 9, the Bureau of Justice Assistance released a grant solicitation for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, which was authorized by the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA) of 2004.   Read More…

CIT International Conference Updates

The CIT International Conference will be in San Antonio June 1-3. Register online today!  For more information visit the CIT International Conference Web site.   Read More…  

NAMI Bucks County Forms New Crisis Intervention Team

NAMIBucks County (Pa.) recently saw the implementation of the county’s first Crisis Intervention Team program. The training was the result of long hard work on the part of NAMI members and law enforcement partners.  Read More… 

NAMI Indiana’s 7th Annual Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit

NAMI Indiana is hosting this year’s Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit on Friday March 5, in Indianapolis. Read More…

N.H. Officer Honored for CIT Work

The New Hampshire Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Foundation recently awarded their Officer of the Year award to Police Sgt. Stephen Burke for his work in establishing the state’s first Crisis Intervention Team last January. The news story can be found on the Foster’s Daily Herald online.

Comments or Suggestions?

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