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CIT in Action

March 2013

Ask a Cop: CIT Changes the Way Law Enforcement Respond in a Crisis

Our contributors answer more questions: Why did you get involved in CIT? What’s makes a CIT officer’s response different in a crisis? READ MORE


A Son in the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital: An Interview with Jayette Lansbury    

Jayette Lansbury’s son pled insanity to a crime and has been in a secure psychiatric hospital for fifteen years, longer than the prison term he would have served if convicted. READ MORE 

A Cop’s Story of Courage and Hope

Retired police officer Eric Weaver battled PTSD, suicide and other mental illnesses. He says, “Officers are only people. People that are asked to do a very tough job, but people nonetheless.” READ MORE

After An Arrest: Understanding the Courts: A Q&A interview with Dr. Catherine Cerulli

Learn what to expect if you or a loved one need to appear in court. READ MORE


Resources for Individuals Involved in the Justice System

The NAMI STAR Center has released a three-part series of resources for and about individuals living with mental illness involved in the justice system. The resources include a self-help guide to help individuals to achieve their recovery goals, a guide for providers on supporting the recovery of individuals involved in the justice system and a promising practices guide for policymakers and program developers. The STAR Center provides support, technical assistance and resources to assist consumer-operated and consumer-supporter programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations.

Guide to Starting Mental Health Courts

The Council of State Governments Justice Center has released a web-based guide for planning and implementing mental health courts, entitled Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum.  The curriculum is designed to assist community leaders starting a mental health court, or for those already involved in an existing court.

Profiles of Statewide CIT Efforts

A new report from the Council of State Governments Justice Center highlights statewide CIT efforts in Utah, Connecticut and Ohio, and provides guidance for states on creating sustainable statewide initiatives to improve law enforcement responses to people living with mental illness. The report, Statewide Law Enforcement/Mental Health Efforts: Strategies to Support and Sustain Local Initiatives, addresses issues including leadership, staffing, partnerships, agency recruitment, fidelity to an evidence-based model and sustainability. 


Funding Opportunities through the Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance has released several grant funding opportunities for this year. Some may be of interest to nonprofits, law enforcement agencies, mental health provider agencies and other community agencies working on criminal justice/mental health initiatives. The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration program funds a range of criminal justice/mental health projects including CIT and mental health courts. The Second Chance Act grants support re-entry efforts.

Plan Now for the 2013 CIT International Conference

Registration is open for the CIT International Conference, and the deadline for submitting workshop proposals is April 30. For more information about registration, workshops, lodging or sponsor/exhibitor opportunities, visit the conference website.

Find Mental Health Courts Near You

The new Adult Mental Health Court Treatment Database allows you to find out whether your community has a mental health court. Mental health courts provide treatment instead of jail for people living with mental illness charged with crimes. The database was developed by SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation.

Report: Solitary Confinement of Youth is a Human Rights Issue

The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch have released “Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States.” The report, which details the physical, psychological, and developmental harm that solitary confinement causes youth incarcerated in adult jails and prisons, is drawn from interviews and correspondence with youth and detention officials.