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CIT in Action

June 2013

Recovery in the Justice System: An Interview with Tracy Love

Wellness educator Tracy Love lived with mental health conditions for 20 years before being diagnosed. She had to go to jail before she got help.READ MORE>> 

Mental Health in Schools: A Role for School Resource Officers 

In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, NAMI has been flooded with questions about how to recognize mental health conditions and keep schools safe. READ MORE>> 

Guns and Mental Health Care: Finding the Right Solutions

With Congress at a standstill, what lies ahead in the relationship between guns and mental health? Get some perspective from our national policy expert. READ MORE>> 

NAMI Utah's Advocacy in Mental Health Courts

Jackie Rendo works for NAMI Utah, but as the liaison to three mental health courts, she spends many of her days out of the office and in court. READ MORE>> 

Law Enforcement in Small and Rural Communities

On TV, huge teams of police officers race to a crime scene. The truth is, most police serve small towns and are working with limited resources. These agencies need NAMI more than ever! READ MORE>> 


NAMI CIT Center Webpage Gets a Facelift!

The NAMI Center webpage has been refreshed, with a new simple navigation and more emphasis on news stories and personal stories. A new section, Getting Started, brings together all the resources available for starting and sustaining CIT programs. FAQs provide quick answers to common questions. We link directly to the University of Memphis CIT Center, to help you find your local CIT program and to the NAMI CIT for Youth Resource Center, which hosts our step-by-step manual for starting CIT for Youth. You can find the webpage at Please email with your suggestions and comments.

New Resources on Building Partnerships for CIT

NAMI has released two new resources designed to help NAMI Affiliates and criminal justice systems build stronger partnerships.  13 Things NAMI Affiliates can do to Support Local CIT Programs, is designed to help NAMI Affiliates become active partners in their local CIT programs. It includes a range of ideas for building partnerships and making the most of existing partnerships.   The second resource, 14 Ways to Engage with your NAMI Affiliate , is designed to help criminal justice system partners recognize the benefits of working with NAMI and provides practical strategies for reaching out. If you have tips or ideas to add to either resource, contact with your suggestion.


Working on Re-entry? We Need Your Help!                

NAMI is developing new resources on probation, parole, and re-entry services for people with mental illnesses. We are interested in connecting with NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates and professionals in the field. If you are involved in providing reentry services to people with mental illness, or are a probation or parole officer working with this population, we’d love to hear from you. If your NAMI Affiliate or State Organization provides education or support programs to people reentering after jail or prison, or provides training to probation and parole officers, we want to learn more. Please contact Isha Butler at and tell us about your work.

High Cost of Incarcerating People with Mental Illness

A study published in Psychiatric Services in Advance shows that people with serious mental illness in the justice system cost state agencies about double what individuals with mental illness who are not in the justice system. The study analyzed records of more than 25,000 Connecticut residents receiving services for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder from the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Researchers tracked how much each individual cost the state through Medicaid, the judiciary, public safety and corrections. People who were involved in the justice system cost the state about $48,980, compared with $24,728 per person for those not involved in the justice system.  The study can help states plan better to provide coordinated, cost-effective services to people with serious mental illness.