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CIT in Action

May 2008: Vol. 3, Issue 5

Feature Story: Forensic Peer Specialists:  A Workforce for the Future

Contributor: LaVerne D. Miller, Esq.

Since 1994, the Howie the Harp Peer Advocacy Center has trained mental health consumers to work in human services.  The Center’s mission is to increase the recruitment, hiring, retention, and integration of peer staff in the workforce.  In 2001, the Center started the STARR Program, Steps to a Renewed Reality Forensic Peer Specialist Training Program, the nation’s first program to train consumers with histories of incarceration to work in human services.  Most of our graduates work as forensic peer specialists in programs providing services to other consumers with histories of incarceration.  They work in diversion and reentry programs as well as other agencies providing services to this targeted population. (more…)

Advocacy Spotlight: CIT Grant-Writing Template

Program Structure

This template is designed to help you describe the structure of your CIT program. Please feel free to copy, paste and alter the text.

Visit to see other CIT Grant-Writing Templates. These templates are designed to help grant writers applying for CIT funding answer questions that commonly appear on grant applications. You should always tailor these templates to the needs of your program and the requirements of the funder. You should also, whenever possible, include local data and information.

News and Announcements

NAMI National Convention To Feature CIT

CIT National Conference: Call for Presentations Extended

Vermont Legislature Passes Justice Reinvestment Act       

Justice Center Seeks Four Law Enforcement Agencies to Serve as Reentry Learning Sites

Unique Award Presented to Kellie Meyer and NAMI Indiana

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