crisis and intervention teams (cit)
WHAT IS CIT
CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.
The CIT program is 5 day course which trains officers on effective techniques to deal with a consumer in a psychiatric crisis in ways that reduce the risk of harm to the officer and the citizen.
ABOUT NAMI & CIT
The Dallas Police Department has become an active member of the community in a new way. Dallas Police Department works together with Mental Health America-Dallas, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Dallas, Green Oaks Hospital, Timberlawn Mental Health System and anyone dealing with the mental health population. Dallas Police Department, mental health advocates and providers have become a resource for one another and have become members of the same team in the community.
MISSION OF CIT
The mission of the NAMI CIT Center is to promote the expansion of crisis intervention teams (CIT) nationwide. NAMI provides state and local affiliates, state organizations, local law enforcement, mental health providers and other community leaders with assistance and up-to-date information about implementing CIT programs. NAMI also engage in national networking and partnerships to establish standards and promote innovation in the CIT movement.
For more information, or to sign up for our mailing list, email Laura Usher at firstname.lastname@example.org. To subscribe on NAMI e-newsletter, CIT in Action, go to www.nami.org/subscribe and follow the instructions to subscribe to a newsletter.
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