CIT in Action #11
Special Edition: NAMI National Convention Coverage!
Welcome to the CIT in Action NAMI Convention Recap!
NAMI welcomed approximately 2,000 members and friends to the nation's capital from June 28 - July 2 for the 2006 NAMI Convention. NAMI
The Sam Cochran Compassion in Law Enforcement Award- Judge Steven Leifman
Major Sam Cochran presented the award named in his honor to Judge Leifman for his exceptional work in decriminalizing people with mental illness. This award is given in recognition of exemplary work in the criminal justice system to deal fairly with people with mental illness. Judge Leifman, of the 11th District Court in
Symposium: Decriminalizing Mental Illness and Creating Workable Alternatives
In too many
Workshop: Transforming Jurisprudence: Justice for all Requires Changing the Minds of Lawyers and Judges
Having observed injustice in the criminal justice system for people who live with mental illness, as well as being on the receiving end of this injustice, a lawyer with bipolar disorder discussed progress in
Workshop: Taking Criminal Justice Training Programs into Prisons
NAMI Indiana has developed a program to train prison personnel about mental illness, allowing correctional staff to better understand and
Workshop: Improving the Police Response in Your Community
Although police interactions with consumers have greatly improved since the advent of Crisis Intervention Teams, most
Special Interest Networking Session: Crisis Intervention Training
CIT is a growing movement in the
The 2nd Annual Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) National Conference:
Learn more about this upcoming conference! Taking place in
The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Information Network:
A powerful new database to help you improve your understanding of criminal justice/mental health collaborations. A useful tool for criminal justice/mental health professionals, policymakers, family members, consumers, and researchers. A platform for peer-peer networking.
The Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CJ/CCoE):
Established in May 2001 to promote jail diversion alternatives for people with mental illness throughout Ohio.
The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project:
A repository of information about all aspects of jail diversion, reentry, and enhanced treatment for offenders with mental illness.
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance:
Administers federal mental health courts program, provides resources and information for jail diversion, publications and reports, information about federal funding sources.
The National Gains Center:
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.
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF):
Information about criminal justice and mental health, community policing and other relevant information).
The Reentry Policy Council
Bipartisan recommendations for successful prisoner reentry practices. This comprehensive report is beneficial as it recommends reentry strategies that reduce the likelihood of recidivism.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
Administers federal jail diversion grant program, resource information, publications, and other helpful information about criminal justice and mental health.
Connecticut Crisis Intervention Teams
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.
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