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Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT)

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NAMI Connecticut's Understanding the Criminal Justice System
NAMI Connecticut recently released this guide to the criminal justice system in Connecticut for adults with mental illnesses, advocates and families.

The High Cost of Cutting Mental Health: Criminal Justice
This new fact sheet on criminalization of people with mental illness is part of our State Advocacy series and shows how state budget cuts hurt people with mental illness.

Sequential Intercept Model
The National GAINS Center's newly updated Sequential Intercept Model.

Developing a Comprehensive Plan for Mental Health and Criminal Justice System Collaboration: The Sequential Intercept Model
The National GAINS Center has released an updated version of the Sequential Intercept Model for comprehensive community planning.

More Mentally Ill Persons Are in Jails and Prisons Than Hospitals: A Survey of the States
This report from the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs’ Association analyzes new data to reveal that people living with severe mental illness are about three times more likely to be in jail or prison than a hospital

Advocating for People with Mental Illnesses in the Minnesota Criminal Justice System
NAMI Minnesota’s new guide to navigating the Minnesota criminal justice system provides an excellent example for states and communities interested in creating similar guides to their local criminal justice system

Reentry Housing Options: The Policymaker’s Guide
This publication from The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center provides practical steps that lawmakers and others can take to increase public safety through better access to affordable housing for individuals released to the community.

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.

Family Advocacy: Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth Strengthening Schools and Communities
This is fact sheet is designed to help NAMI families advocate for crisis intervention programs for youth in their communities.

Law Enforcement Advocacy: Promoting Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth in Schools and Communities
This fact sheet offers strategies for law enforcement officers to advocate for crisis intervention programs for youth in their schools and communities.

Supporting Schools and Communities in Breaking the Prison Pipeline: A Guide to Emerging and Promising Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth
This guide introduces the reader to crisis intervention programs for youth, and is based on the experiences of three communities where these programs are emerging.

How to Help: When a Person with Mental Illness is Arrested
This guide, co-written by NAMI New York State and the Urban Justice Center, is designed to help New Yorkers with mental illness and others navigate the criminal justice system.

Beyond Punishment
NAMI Maryland's guide to navigating the criminal justice system. The information in this book was written specifically for Maryland residents, but may be helpful for others as well.

Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training
The Council of State Government’s Justice Center has released the newest guide in its series, Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses, entitled Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training.

A Guide to Implementing Police-Based Diversion Programs for People with Mental Illness
This guide, produced by the Police Executive Research Forum, offers useful instructions for implementing police-based diversion programs, including CIT.

Enhancing Success of Police-Based Diversion Programs for People with Mental Illness
This guide builds on the Police Executive Research Forum’s earlier report: “A Guide to Implementing Police-Based Diversion Programs for People with Mental Illness.”

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Core Elements
This document, developed by leaders in the CIT movement, lays out the core requirements for a CIT program, including the elements of a community partnership and the training course.

Georgia Crisis Intervention Team Training Manual
Read the curriculum from Georgia's statewide CIT program.

Florida CIT Course Outline
Read this outline of the Florida CIT course, including course topics and learning objectives.

Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of a Specialized Law Enforcement-Based Program
Read this guide from the Council of State Governments, which includes ten essential components of any program to improve law enforcement response to people with mental illnesses, including CIT.


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