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Crisis Intervention-CIT in Illinois

CIT Curriculum Model in Development

Have you ever wondered what the national standard for a CIT curriculum looks like? Now, thanks to a new collaboration between NAMI, the University of Memphis ( http://cit.memphis.edu ) (U of M), the International Association of Chiefs of Police and CIT International , there will be an answer to that question.

Read more... ( http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=CIT&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=129706 )

CIT Programs Collaborating with Academic Researchers

This Q&A with Dr. Michael T. Compton demonstrates the benefits of working with researchers at local colleges and universities!

read more ( http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=CIT&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=129722 )

Criminal Justice Webinars: Watch Anytime

Last summer, NAMI hosted several webinars on CIT and criminal justice advocacy. If you missed the webinars, you can watch them online anytime!

read more ( http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=CIT&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=129714 )

Launch of IACP’s Youth-Focused Policing Resource Center

The International Association of Chiefs of Police  in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ( http://www.ojjdp.gov ) has launched the Youth-focused Policing Resource Center.

read more ( http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=CIT&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=129725 )

New Resource from NAMI’s CIT Center: CIT FAQ

This new FAQ helps to answer common questions that arise when communities first learn about CIT.

Read more... ( http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=CIT&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=129724 )



NAMI releases a CIT for Youth Manual to help community leaders Respond to youth with mental health needs

We are excited to announce that NAMI has published a crisis intervention team (CIT) manual for families, police, schools, mental health professionals and others to build local programs to help youth with mental illness.

The 150-page "CIT for Youth" manual is available at www.nami.org/citforyouth for download and purchase and is recommended for community leaders working with schools and police.

CIT for Youth programs improve responses to youth in psychiatric crisis. They rely on de-escalation techniques and community partnerships that connect young people to treatment rather than to arrest and detention.

"Adult CIT programs exist in 40 states, but an urgent need exists for programs focused specifically on youth," said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. "NAMI's manual is aimed at building community partnerships to support police training and diversion practices. Schools must play an important role."

The manual provides case studies, worksheets and tools for planning and implementing a local CIT for Youth program. It was developed by NAMI's Child and Adolescent Action Center (CAAC) and CIT Technical Assistance Resource Center (CTARC) under a grant from the Lincy Foundation.

Key background facts include:

·         Thirteen percent of youth have mental illness severe enough to impair daily functioning.

·         Fifty percent of lifetime mental illness begins by age 14. Only about one-half of youth with mental illness get the treatment they need.

·         About half of those ages 14 or older with mental illness drop out of high school.

·         Seventy percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have mental illness, but the U.S. Department of Justice has found that juvenile facilities do not adequately treat them.

·         Based on adult CIT experience, individuals with mental illness diverted into treatment receive more counseling, medication and other forms of treatment than others who are jailed or imprisoned.

·         CIT-trained officers are 25 percent more likely to transport an individual for psychiatric treatment than other officers. Diversions by police reduce first arrests and second arrests are reduced by 58 percent.


 To:  Illinois Law Enforcement Officers:  

You probably come into contact with individuals in crisis all the time, but that likelihood may increase over the next several weeks if proposed cuts to Illinois human services are not quickly resolved. 

Services that are slated for dramatic cuts include community-based services for individuals with mental illnesses.  NAMI Illinois, the state office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, would like to offer tips that may help everyone stay safe. 

Please click the links below to print the cards and give them to officers to help them effectively deal with individuals in crisis.  We want everyone to be safe during this stressful time.

  If additional assistance is needed please call NAMI Illinois at 800-346-4572.

  Here are key messages when delivering these cards to your officers:  

1.                  Remember that a person with a mental illness is a person first.  They are sick and in need of treatment.

2.                  Remain calm and helpful. 

3.                  Assess the situation for safety.

4.                  Respond to the individuals basic needs.

5.                  Maintain space between you.  Do not touch the individual unless necessary.  For persons with mental illness this may frighten them and lead to violence.

6.                  Give simple, clear directions.  If you are working as a team, one person should talk to avoid confusion. 

7.                  If someone is experiencing delusions or hallucinations, respond to the individual’s feelings, rather than content of their conversation.

8.                  Do not arrest a person for illness-related behavior that is not criminal in nature.

One in four adults experience a mental health disorder in a given year.  One in 17 lives with a serious mental illness.  They are common, treatable illnesses.  Please help and support these folks.  With treatment and support, recovery is not only possible, but probable.

Thank you…

Click here to print Business Size Take Along Cards

Click here to print 3 x 4 1/2 inch Size Take Along Cards

Click here to print flyer



New Fact Sheets on Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth

NAMI is pleased to announce the release of two new fact sheets designed to help advocates bring crisis intervention programs for youth to their the communities.

The two fact sheets, "Family Advocacy: Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth Strengthening Schools and Communities" and "Law Enforcement Advocacy: Promoting Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth In Schools and Communities" offer strategies that NAMI families and their allies in law enforcement can use to bring these programs into their communities.

These two fact sheets accompany NAMI's recently released guide "Supporting Schools and Communities in Breaking the Prison Pipeline: A Guide to Emerging and Promising Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth." To learn more about crisis intervention programs for youth, contact Laura Usher or Dana Markey.

NAMI National's "A Guide to Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System" can be found online (http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Issue_Spotlights&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=60725) . It includes information about types of crimes (misdemeanors versus felonies), the various steps involved in the criminal justice process and how mental illness factors in, the constitutional rights of criminal defendants, legal competency and insanity defense standards, tips on finding a lawyer, and other information.

NAMI National also provides a lawyer referral service - helping to connect individuals with lawyers in their community who may be able to help. You can contact the legal referral service by email (mailto:legal@nami.org) . Unfortunately, we do not have a staff of lawyers, and do not have the capacity to assist with individual legal cases.


When a Person with Mental Illness Goes to Prison...How to Help A Guide for Family Members and Friends


This guide was prepared by Alexandra H. Smith and Jennifer J. Parish of the

Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project. Funding for this project was

generously provided by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the

Open Society Institute, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness—New

York State.


National Reentry Resource Center Launched

On October 6 The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center announced its launch of the National Reentry Resource Center, an initiative to advance the safe and successful return of individuals from prisons and jails to their communities. Authorized by the Second Chance Act of 2007, the resource center's goal is to "provide communities across the country with the best thinking on complex reentry issues, comprehensive resources and myriad forms of support that can help reduce recidivism and strengthen neighborhoods and families". It will provide training and technical assistance to Second Chance Act grant recipients and provide a single point of contact for the many individuals and organizations that are committed to reentry issues.

Learn more about the Second Chance Act you can look over the Department of Justice Web site (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/SecondChance.html) .

Learn more about the Justice Center's National Reentry Resource Center (http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/)