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CIT in Action

August 2012

The Continuing Struggle: Helping Individuals and Families in the Criminal Justice System

By Elyssa Finkel, NAMI Policy Intern

NAMI’s new resource answers challenging questions on criminal justice for individuals with mental illness.

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NAMI’s Peer to Peer: A Resource for Mental Health Courts

By Laura Usher, NAMI CIT Program Manager

Mental health courts in Florida use NAMI Peer-to-Peer to provide education to people involved with the justice system.

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NAMI Education and Support Programs Serving the Criminal Justice System

By Laura Usher, NAMI CIT Program Manager

NAMI’s education and support programs offer potential for educating criminal justice professionals and assisting people involved in the justice system..

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News and Announcements

New Site Emphasizes Cost-Benefit Analysis for Criminal Justice

The Cost Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (CBKB) is a new site developed by the Vera Institute of Justice to help communities make sound decisions about criminal justice interventions. The CBKB provides criminal justice professionals and policymakers tools and information to do cost-benefit analysis before implementing new policies and programs. The CBKB is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

New Study of Juvenile Mental Health Courts

A new study by SAMHSA’s GAINS Center shows that juvenile mental health courts are spreading around the county. For more information and details about these courts, visit the GAINS Center website.

NAMIWalks has a New App!

A new mobile app for NAMIWalks makes walks more accessible than ever before! The app is available both in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

NAMI Convention Materials Available Online

If you missed the 2012 NAMI Convention in Seattle, conference materials are now available online. Speaker PowerPoints are available for download, and audio recordings of most convention sessions are available to order.

Coming Soon: 

Aug. 20-22: CIT International Conference.

Oct. 7-13: Mental Illness Awareness Week