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CIT in Action

Special 25th Anniversary Edition: October 2013

A Q&A Interview with Sam Cochran and Randy Dupont

Twenty-five years after the first CIT program started in Memphis, its founders reflect on CIT’s monumental growth and the challenges the movement faces now. Read More » 

Turning Hardship Into Hope

Mental health crises landed Paton Blough in jail. Now, he uses his story of recovery to help police officers understand psychosis and help people get the treatment they need. Read More »

Saving Lives, Changing Communities

Following the shooting death of a man living with mental illness, NAMI Memphis leaders Helen Adamo and Ann Dino asked the Memphis police to find a better way to help people in mental health crisis. Their advocacy sparked a movement. Read More »

In Virginia, Crisis Centers Strengthen CIT

Is the future of CIT crisis assessment centers which provide easy access to services for individuals, families and CIT officers? Leaders in Virginia think so. Read More »

What I’ve Learned from CIT

Police are people, too; CIT is not a training program; there’s a reason we call NAMI members “advocates,” and other reflections from NAMI’s CIT program manager. Read More »


Major Sam Cochran on the Ask the Doctor call

NAMI's Ask the Doctor teleconference is a monthly series hosted by NAMI's Medical Director, Dr. Ken Duckworth. For November’s call, special guest Major Sam Cochran will answer questions about CIT and jail diversion. Join us on November 22, at 11 a.m. Eastern. To access the call, dial (888) 858-6021 and enter passcode 309918#.

It’s Time to Share Your Story

NAMI’s story campaign needs you! Share your story to inspire others and help break down the stigma of mental illness. If you live with mental illness and have been involved in the justice system or have benefitted from a CIT program, we want to hear your story!