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CIT in Action

January 2009

Feature Story: NAMI Promotes Crisis Intervention for Youth

Contributors: Dana Markey and Laura Usher

An alarming number of youth with serious mental health treatment needs continue to enter the juvenile justice system because of the lack of psychiatric crisis intervention services available in schools and communities. Schools in particular have proven to be a pipeline into the juvenile justice system with school personnel contacting law enforcement when students engage in inappropriate behaviors as a result of a psychiatric crisis.

In response to this national crisis, NAMI's Child and Adolescent Action Center and CIT Resource Center are working on a new initiative, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to promote CIT programs that focus on responding to youth in psychiatric crisis in schools and in the community. Read more...

Advocacy Spotlight: 2009 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Grants

The Bureau of Justice Assistance is accepting applications for the 2009 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration grants, under the program created by the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA). According to the announcement, "Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to increasing public safety through innovative cross-system collaborations that improve responses to people with mental illnesses who come into contact with the criminal justice system. Eligible applicants are states, units of local government, American Indian tribes, and tribal organizations." Grants are available in three categories: Planning, Planning and Implementation; Implementation and Expansion. The deadline for applications is March 12, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To learn more visit the Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project website.

News and Announcements

NAMI Baltimore Releases Guide to Navigating the Criminal Justice System

NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore recently released "Beyond Punishment: Helping Individuals with Mental Illness in Maryland's Criminal Justice System" a guide to navigating the criminal justice for people with mental illnesses and their families. Read more...

MetLife Foundation Accepting Applications for Community-Police Partnerships Awards

The MetLife Foundation announced that it is accepting proposals for the Community-Police Partnership Awards, which will "recognize exemplary collaborations that yield significant public safety outcomes." Read more...

Studies: Mental Health Courts are Cost-Effective and Reduce Recidivism

Two recently released studies of courts in Alaska find that mental health courts contain costs and help to prevent crime. Read More...

Comments or Suggestions?

Please let us know what you think we should include in future editions of CIT in Action by emailing Laura Usher.

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