A Focus Group Report: A Conversation with CIT Trained School Resource Officers A focus group report that outlines the valuable feedback, input and thoughts School Resource Officers provided during a focus group NAMI hosted in Lake Charles, La. The report includes recommendations on topics that NAMI believes should be covered in CIT for Youth training and changes that should be made in schools and other child-serving systems to improve the school environment for SROs, school staff and all students, especially those living with mental health needs.
Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice GAO Report This report from the U.S. General Accounting Office includes facts and statistics regarding children who are placed in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in order to receive mental health services. It also identifies promising state and local practices that may reduce the need for such placements.
The practice of separating children from their families in order to secure mental health treatment happens to tens of thousands of children and families every year, according to well-documented reports. This section contains resources and support concerning the unthinkable practice of forcing families to give up custody of their child to access mental healthcare.