CIT In Action – VOL 1, NO. 6

1.   NAMI CIT Technical Assistance Center Launches New Website!

2.   Consensus Project Releases New Advocacy Handbook!

3.   New Mental Health Court Studies Released!

4.   NY Advocates Call for Ending Solitary Confinement of Inmates with Mental Illness

5.   Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act Grant  Applications to be Announced Shortly           

6.   Johnson City Completes Their First CIT School Training!

7.   Thurston County Jail Focuses on Mental Health Treatment

8.   Useful Links

1.  NAMI CIT Technical Assistance Center Launches New Website!

NAMI is pleased to announce that our new CIT Technical Assistance website is now on-line. The website offers a variety of resources including toolkits, articles, and related links for those interested in building new or expanding upon existing CIT programs. We welcome you to submit articles, links, photographs, CIT pin logos, and other helpful materials to share with fellow advocates. Please email Bonnie Sultan, the CIT Technical Assistance Center Coordinator, to have your resources posted. 

Ms. Sultan may be reached at

To view the website, please follow the following link:

2. Consensus Project Releases New Advocacy Handbook!

            The Criminal Justice / Mental Health Consensus Project has announced the release of a new resource for advocates addressing the increasing numbers of people with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system: The Advocacy Handbook: A Guide for Implementing Recommendations of the Criminal Justice / Mental Health Consensus Project. The Handbook is designed to show advocates how to implement recommendations from the landmark Criminal Justice / Mental Health Consensus Project Report, released in 2002 by the Consensus Project. The Advocacy Handbook, the result of a collaborative effort among the Consensus Project, NAMI, the National Mental Health Association, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, is available online at the Consensus Project web site:

For more information, please contact Hope Glassberg, 212-482-2320.

3.   New Mental Health Court Studies Released!

Henry J. Steadman, Allison D. Redlich, John Monahan, John Petrila, and Patricia A. Griffin conducted two studies with funding made available by the National Institute of Justice.  The first study, ‘From referral to disposition: case processing in seven mental health courts’, has been published in Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 23(2), 1-12. This study discusses the demographics of mental health court defendants. The abstract may be viewed at:

In the second study titled, ‘The Second Generation of Mental Health Courts’, the authors compare and contrast older mental health courts with the workings of newer courts. The abstract of this article may be viewed at:

4.   NY Advocates Call for Ending Solitary Confinement of Inmates with Mental Illness

Advocates in New York have formed the “Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement Coalition” to advocate for passage of New York state legislation that would end solitary confinement of prisoners with mental illness and create a treatment facility for those prisoners using existing prison space. The legislation would also require additional training for correctional officers on how to handle prisoners with mental illnesses as well as increase oversight of treatment. Bob Corliss, Associate Director of Criminal Justice for NAMI-New York State, reports that inmates with mental illness are overrepresented in solitary confinement cells. Corliss went on to say that eleven percent of the NY state prison population, approximately 7,400 inmates, can be classified as having a mental illness and twenty five percent of inmates on solitary confinement have a mental illness. Prisoners in solitary confinement are held for 23 hours a day, and in the state of New York, there are no maximum limits on the amount of time a prisoner can stay in solitary confinement. The coalition states that the average time a prisoner with mental illness stays in solitary is 38 months, six times longer than prisoners without mental illness.   For more information, please visit:

5.  Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act Grant Applications to be Announced   Shortly

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is charged with administering the new grant program authorized through the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA).  The BJA will award approximately $3 million in grants to states and counties for a variety of purposes, including pre and post-booking jail diversion initiatives, cross-training of law enforcement and mental health personnel, expanding prisoners' access to mental health treatment while incarcerated, discharge planning and reentry services. BJA has indicated that it is likely to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) to apply for these funds sometime in March or April. Grants will be awarded both for planning and implementing these. NAMI will provide additional information about these grants and how to apply for them as soon as it becomes available.  To learn more about the Act; please visit the consensus project website at:

6.  Johnson City Completes Their First CIT School Training!

The Johnson City Police Department of Tennessee has graduated their first CIT class. This 45 hour training school is Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.) certified. Throughout the training, thirty officers learned from guest speakers from the mental health and criminal justice fields as well as participated in reality based role plays. Graduation took place at the City Hall Pinning ceremony on January 20th. For more information on the Johnson City CIT School, please contact Mr. Bud Williams, the CIT Coordinator, at:

7.  Thurston County Jail Focuses on Mental Health Treatment

The Thurston County jail of Washington State has hired a new clinical coordinator for the jail’s mental health program. The coordinator supervises care received by inmates and collaborates with the mental health system to reduce the number of inmates in the jail over the long term. Some inmates with mental illnesses are eligible for treatment through the county’s public mental health network, funded by state and federal monies. Funding for this new initiative was made possible through a prisoners’ concession fund. The fund also pays for other treatment programs, such as substance abuse and anger management. Approximately fifteen percent of the county’s jail inmates have severe mental illnesses.  For more on this story, please visit:

8.   Useful Links

Established in May 2001 to promote jail diversion alternatives for people with mental illness throughout Ohio.

A repository of information about all aspects of jail diversion, reentry, and enhanced treatment for offenders with mental illness.

Administers federal mental health courts program, provides resources and information for jail diversion, publications and reports, information about federal funding sources.

Focused  on expanding access to community based services for adult's diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders at all points of contact with the justice system.

Information about criminal justice and mental health, community policing and other relevant information).

Bipartisan recommendations for successful prisoner reentry practices. This comprehensive report is beneficial as it recommends reentry strategies that reduce the likelihood of recidivism.

Administers federal jail diversion grant program, resource information, publications, and other helpful information about criminal justice and mental health.

An excellent resource for Connecticut residents and nonresidents alike. The site offers training information, posts, and articles with information concerning the implementation and sustainability of CIT.


Your Feedback and Information is Needed!

We are also eager to hear from you about news or stories we can include for future issues of CIT in Action. Send your comments or ideas to Bonnie Sultan,

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