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CIT in Action

May 2009

Feature Story: The Sequential Intercept Model

The Sequential Intercept model is a framework for understanding how people with mental illness interact with the criminal justice system. The model, which was described by Munetz and Griffin in 2006 in Psychiatric Services, presents this interaction as a series of points where interventions can be made to prevent a person from entering the justice system or becoming further entangled. Sequential Intercept can be an effective model for planning a comprehensive response to criminalization of mental illness in a community.


Advocacy Spotlight: Fact Sheets on Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth

NAMI is pleased to announce the release of two new fact sheets designed to help advocates bring crisis intervention programs for youth to their the communities. The two fact sheets, "Family Advocacy: Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth Strengthening Schools and Communities" and "Law Enforcement Advocacy: Promoting Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth In Schools and Communities" offer strategies that NAMI families and their allies in law enforcement can use to bring these programs into their communities.

These two fact sheets accompany NAMI's recently released guide "Supporting Schools and Communities in Breaking the Prison Pipeline: A Guide to Emerging and Promising Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth." To learn more about crisis intervention programs for youth, contact Laura Usher or Dana Markey.

News and Announcements

2010 CIT National Conference is Tentatively Scheduled for May 31 -June 2, 2010 in San Antonio, TX! Stay tuned for details!

Washington DC Completes First Comprehensive Mental Health Training for Police

NAMI DC and its partners at the DC Metropolitan Police Department and the DC Department of Mental Health, are pleased to announce that the District's first forty-hour Crisis Intervention Officer (CIO) training was completed on May 1st.


International Association of Chiefs of Police Hosts Summit on Police Responses to People with Mental Illness

In early May, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) hosted their annual National Policy Summit. This year's topic was "Building Safer Communities: Improving Police Responses to Persons with Mental Illness."


NAMI New Jersey Wins Award for Police Training Video

NAMI New Jersey's recently-released film, "The Community I Serve" has been awarded Best of Competition in the Educational/Instructional category for the BEA Festival of Media Arts. The film is a powerful tool for law enforcement trainings on appropriate response to people with mental illness.


Comments or Suggestions?

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