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CIT in Action

November 2010

Feature Story: Legislative Analysis: Will Health Care Reform Help Those Most at Risk?

Since the passage of massive health care reform legislation earlier this year, most Americans are still trying to understand what it means. While a few of the provisions have gone into effect this fall, the majority of reforms won’t be implemented until 2014. At NAMI, we have been asking, will health care reform help some of our most vulnerable members--those who are at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system?

Advocacy Spotlight: New Fact Sheets on Evidence-based Practices

The National GAINS Center recently released a series of new fact sheets on evidence-based practices applied to people living with serious mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system. Topics covered by the series include: assertive community treatment (ACT), supported employment, housing, cognitive behavioral therapy, integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and illness self-management and recovery. The fact sheets discuss the research behind each intervention and how it applies to people who are involved in the criminal justice system, or can be used in criminal justice settings.

These fact sheets can help advocates make the case for the services and treatments necessary to help people living with serious mental illness who have been involved in the justice system. To access the fact sheets, visit the GAINS Center website.

News and Announcements

International Association of Chiefs of Police Report on Improving Police Response to Persons Living with Mental Illness

In May 2009, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) hosted a National Policy Summit on Building Safer Communities: Improving Police Response to Persons with Mental Illness.   The report from this summit was recently released and can be found on the IACP website.                                                                                                                       (More…)

NAMI Massachusetts Receives Grant to Study Funding for Jail Diversion

NAMI Massachusetts and the Association for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH), with support from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, have contracted with DMA Health Strategies to research and write a position paper. The position paper will evaluate various funding strategies that have been used in other states to determine what would be a good funding strategy for the Commonwealth to sustain proven program model(s) such as Crisis Intervention Teams, jail diversion, mental health courts and others.  

Join NAMI’s Forensic Leaders Listserv

In addition to CIT in Action, NAMI maintains a listserv of local leaders interested in CIT, jail diversion and other issues related to the criminalization of people with mental illness. We use the list to distribute announcements and information, for urgent calls to action on legislation and to send requests for information. If you are interested in joining our Forensic Leaders listserv, please e-mail Laura at

New GAINS Center Resource--Getting Inside the Black Box: Understanding How Jail Diversion Works

The National GAINS Center recently released a new publication on jail diversion, the result of an expert advisory group’s analysis of 20 years of data.