Crisis Intervention Teams: A Frontline Response to Mental Illness in Corrections
Jul. 15, 2013 - Jul. 18, 2013--This training applies to jails, prisons, and community corrections agencies alike. It focuses on building an agency's capacity to implement a locally owned and administered CIT program and the training for that program.
A large and disproportionate number of offenders under correctional custody and supervision continue to be a serious management and safety problem in both our correctional institutions and our communities. Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs) have matured from a law enforcement first responder model to one that focuses on new community partnerships with corrections. The CIT model takes a team approach and engages community stakeholders, including corrections agencies, local mental health agencies, family advocacy groups, and others, in a collaborative and responsive effort to manage and support corrections involved persons with mental illness.
CIT has proven effective in enhancing correctional staff's knowledge and skills, aiding administrators in improved management and care for a special population, reducing liability and cost, improving community partnerships for increased access to resources and supports, and increasing safety for all.
This program requires a three person team consisting of a correctional administrator/trainer/officer, a community advocate for persons with mental illness, and a mental health professional. The ideal corrections representative would be from the uniform ranks, and the mental health representative would come from either mental health staff inside the agency or from a local mental health agency outside of corrections.
This program does not have a video.