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CIT in Action

September 2009

Feature Story: COPS Office Resources Emphasize Community Partnerships

The Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) is responsible for promoting community policing with the nation's local, state and tribal law enforcement agencies. The COPS Office promotes community policing by providing information and grant assistance to law enforcement agencies. They have produced a variety of resources that may be useful to NAMI members and our criminal justice partners.


Advocacy Spotlight: New Fundraising Toolkit

NAMI's Center for Leadership Development has recently released "Building Organizational Capacity: Funding Your Organization," a new fundraising toolkit with information to help small non-profits understand their funding needs and raise money from a variety of sources. The toolkit discusses how to raise money from individual donors, how to host a special fundraising event, how to apply for corporate, foundation and government grants, and how to conduct a direct-mail solicitation. The Center for Leadership Development provides leadership development, resource delivery, and technical assistance to strengthen and build the capacity of NAMI state organizations and local affiliates. The fundraising toolkit is available for download on the NAMI Web site.

News and Announcements

International CIT Conference: Call for Papers

The First International CIT Conference will be held in San Antonio, TX June 1-3 2010. The conference is formerly known as the National CIT Conference. To see the Save the Date announcement, visit the NAMI Web site. To learn more about submitting a proposal to present at the conference, please see the Call for Papers. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2010. For more information, e-mail or call 210-358-6919.

New Resource on Veteran and Re-entry from the National GAINS Center

The CMHS National GAINS Center recently released a guide entitled, "Leveling the Playing Field: Practical Strategies for Increasing Veterans' Involvement in Diversion and Reentry Programs." The guide discusses three kinds of barriers that often inadvertently prevent veterans with a history of incarceration from participating fully (as volunteers, advisory group members, or staff) in jail diversion and reentry planning initiatives. These barriers include financial disparities; eligibility and access (i.e. to tour correctional facilities); and experiential differences and preparedness. The guide suggests that there’s a lot program organizers can do to address these problems, and suggests practical approaches to improving outreach, re-designing policies, and supporting veteran participants so that they can fully engage in diversion and reentry programs. Copies of "Leveling the Playing Field" are available for download on the National GAINS Center Web site.

2010 National GAINS Center Conference

The 2010 National GAINS Center Conference will be March 17-19, 2010 at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the conference will be "Including Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness in Health Care Reform." For more information about registration, travel arrangements and the program, visit the National GAINS Center Web site. The National GAINS Center is funded by SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services, and is a resource and technical assistance center for planning and coordination among the mental health, substance abuse, and criminal justice systems.

Comments or Suggestions?

Please let us know what you think we should include in future editions of CIT in Action by emailing Laura Usher.