Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NAMI | The CIT Program: More than Training, More than a Specialized Police Response

In the late 1980s, a Memphis police officer shot and killed a man with serious mental illness. The resulting community uproar led eventually to a novel community approach to address how the police deal with people with mental illness. This approach, now known as the crisis intervention team model (CIT), is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary. CIT partners the law enforcement community with the mental health system, people with mental illness and their families.  Viewing the frequent contact between law enforcement and people with mental illness as a community problem, the CIT model not only equips a suitable team of volunteer patrol officers with specialized skills for crisis de-escalation, but also creates a community team to assist in the training of these officers and the ongoing community CIT program.

NAMI | The CIT Program: More than Training, More than a Specialized Police Response

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