CIT in Action: May 2013
NAMI Calls for Nationwide Expansion of CIT
The CIT Movement: Being More Like MADD
Lt. Mike Woody was a police officer in Akron, Ohio when he learned about CIT. He helped spread CIT across Ohio and now serves as President of CIT International. Get his perspective on how to advocate with law enforcement agencies to bring CIT to your community. More…
Rochester Program Helps Individuals Stay Out of the Justice System
For 10 years, Rochester’s Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (R-FACT) program has been helping people with mental illness get their lives back on track after an arrest or time in jail. Now it is one step closer to becoming a new evidence-based practice. More…
Connecticut Helps Probationers with Mental Illness Succeed
When probation officer Alex Diaz had an individual he was supervising come to his office in crisis, he knew what to do. Diaz is part of Connecticut's Mental Health Probation Unit and was trained on working with clients with mental illness. More…
News and Announcements
Turning Frustration into Action: Fighting for Crisis Services in your Community
Free Webinars on Disability in the Justice System
The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability is presenting a webinar series on interactions between people with intellectual and development disabilities and the justice system. Their next presentation will be on “Using Model Protocols to Guide Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims with Disabilities.”
CIT International Conference: Last Call for Presentations!
Police and Mental Illness take Center Stage at Congressional Hearing
The challenges faced by law enforcement and jails in responding to people with mental illness took center stage at a recent Congressional hearing on “Where Have All the Patients Gone? Examining the Psychiatric Bed Shortage.” Among the witnesses speaking at the hearing were numerous criminal justice leaders and NAMI member and mental health educator Hakeem Rahim.
NAMI and CIT in the News
- NAMI’s Ron Honberg was quoted in the New York Times article Police Confront Rising Number of Mentally Ill Suspects.
- NAMI Scranton and NAMI’s Laura Usher were featured in the AP article Police Taught to Spot Signs of Psychiatric Crisis and the accompanying video, Treatment Gaps Endanger Cops, Mentally Ill.
- NAMI’s Laura Usher wrote in At the Ready Magazine about how firefighters, EMTs and other first responders can get involved in CIT programs.