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News and Announcements

NAMI Convention Preview                          

If you haven’t already planned your trip to the NAMI convention in July, it’s not too late! The following exciting criminal justice events will be in on the program:

  • CIT Special Networking Session:Participants will have the opportunity to learn about a new initiative to create a standardized CIT curriculum and a standardized community engagement toolkit, and provide input on what’s most important to communities developing local CIT programs.
  • Implementing Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) for Youth: A workshop on the experiences of communities that have broadened the scope of their CIT programs to address the mental health needs of youth. The workshop will feature an introduction to Responding to Youth with Mental Health Needs: A CIT for Youth Implementation Manual. A free copy of the manual will be available to participants.
  • Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness: Cruel and Unusual Punishment? A symposium on the troubling trend of placing prisoners with mental illness in solitary confinement.                      

To learn more about the NAMI convention, visit the convention website.    

CIT International Conference

The 2011 CIT International Conference will be in Virginia Beach, September 12-14. Register today!

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Upcoming Webinars

Mark your calendar for two upcoming webinars!

"Helping People Navigate the Criminal Justice System and Strengthening Your NAMI State Organization or NAMI Affiliate"

NAMI’s CIT Center is launching a new series of webinars designed to provide practical tools for NAMI leaders on criminal justice advocacy.   The first in the series will feature Kate Farinholt, Executive Director of NAMI Maryland, and editor of NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore’s Beyond Punishment, a guide to the criminal justice system for people with mental illness and their families. Ms. Farinholt will describe how the guide can be adapted for other jurisdictions. She will also discuss strategies for using the guide to strengthen your NAMI State Organization or NAMI Affiliate by building partnerships, pursuing new sources of funding and raising the visibility of NAMI.

When: September 21, 2011 at 3 p.m-4:30pm.
More information coming soon!

“Innovative Strategies for Crisis Intervention for Youth with Mental Health Needs”

Tuesday Aug. 23, 3-4:30 p.m. Eastern
More information coming soon!

“Addressing Mental Health Disparities through CIT”

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs offer much more than a training to improve outcomes of law enforcement interactions with individuals living with mental illness. CIT’s effectiveness relies on strong collaboration across mental health and public safety systems--in which all cultural communities have a stake--to address underlying issues that lead to criminalization of individuals with mental illness.

This webinar will provide basic information on CIT, introduce a new CIT for Youth implementation manual and share examples of how CIT bridges cultural communities, highlighting the potential to address important mental health disparities issues within CIT collaborations. Presenters include Dana Markey, program manager of NAMI’s Child and Adolescent Action Center and Laura Usher, program coordinator of NAMI’s CIT Center. Marin Swesey, program manager of NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center, will moderate.

When: August 9, 3-5:30 p.m. Eastern

Who: All interested are welcome to participate. (registration required by 8/8)

Registration link: Registration is required by August 8.  Register here Further details provided upon registration and updates from hosts will be provided as the event nears.