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1 Veterans Sequential Intercept Model Sgt. David Cavanaugh Boise Police Department

2 July 28, 2009 Boise Police shooting with a combat veteran. We already had a CIT program. This incident pushed our Veterans Court forward. And also the need for a program geared toward veterans.

3 Second Incident Recently returned Vet Living with parents Passed out in room with rifle on chest Chose to not force the issue Called VA for follow-up One week later at first appointment

4 Other Incidents There are multiple referrals (Intercepts) every week We believe there at least 13 “saves”.

5 December 1, 2011 In December of 2011 our program was one of four Community Action Teams selected by the Pentagon Office of Warrior and Family Support. I was able to present this program as a part of the Community Outreach Panel Discussion for Wounded Warriors/Veterans. It is a great honor to be able to share what it has become today.

6 When you read the title of this workshop; What were (are) your expectations? What do you hope to get from our time together? Your Objectives

7 Objectives Recognize the four stages of the Intercept Program Discuss how you might implement a similar program. Create your own list of partners for a successful Intercept program.*

8 Plus – Today Only! Send me an email and ask for Intercept material. As with CIT the goal is to improve outcomes between veterans in crisis and LE.

9 David Cavanaugh Law Enforcement since 1990. CIT Coordinator since 2007. Veteran’s Intercept since 2009 as an off-shoot of CIT, Veteran’s Court and several specific incidents.

10 We Are Very Good At Rescue

11 We Need To Be Better Earlier

12 Four Stages

13 Pre-Law Enforcement Returning Veteran not as productive at work or school?

14 Pre-Law Enforcement Family notices drastic changes. Veteran returns to school and has troubles. LE Contact but the veteran is the victim or RP. LE Contact and it’s the family asking for help. Children’s behavior changes in school. “Never tell anyone that there is nothing you can do for them.”

15 Pre-Law Enforcement I.A.C.P. Website What about the officer who is returning from deployment?

16 Law Enforcement Contact Cops are Problem Solvers. We arrive. We assess. We warn, cite or arrest. We move on to the next call. Crisis calls are frustrating to patrol officers. As with CIT, this gives them resources.

17 Contact & Follow-Up Give the officers a single point of contact. I have mine complete a report then the report to me. Or details if no report. cc the officer when you forward the information. Follow-up: make sure the officer knows the outcome. No Black Holes! Quick “Atta Boys”.

18 My Veteran Contacts: – V.A. (2 main contacts) – Vet. Center (2 main contacts) – Veteran’s Network (2 main contacts) – National Guard (4 main contacts) Contact & Follow-Up

19 As With CIT Make it as easy, or easier to refer rather than arrest. Make it rewarding by letting the officer know the outcome. Give tools to the officers. Praise them for correct behavior.

20 Publicity Somewhere in here this component must be included. As with CIT, this program will not solve all problems. Get some tame media folks. Educate the people the media will go to. – Families, Groups, Service Providers, Local Government…

21 Accommodation Registry A method by which: – Accurate information gets to the officers while enroute to the call. – The officer may relay information to the care giver. – The officer may get a person in crisis help other than a “Hold”. This will look different in most jurisdictions: – 24/7 access, Public Records Requests, Updated Data, Read/Write Access.

22 Arrest/Jail VA Criminal Justice Outreach Coordinator. Veteran’s Groups Special Access. Specific Jail Programs.

23 Veteran’s Court If you don’t have one already, I encourage you to start beating the drum. How you accomplish this will vary. – Get a judge as early as you can. Who will be involved will vary. The rules for admission will vary. But specialty courts work.

24 Veteran’s Court According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals 70% of the veterans finish the programs, and 75% are not rearrested within two years. National Drug Court resource Center 2012 article. Of the ten Veteran’s Court in PA. There is a 1% recidivism rate.

25 Veteran’s Court In 2000, the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators gave a joint seal of approval to the term “problem- solving courts,” and, even more significantly, they called for “the broad integration over the next decade of the principles and methods employed in the problem-solving courts into the administration of justice.” The American Bar Association passed a similar resolution in 2002.

26 Intercept Involvement L.E.Public Mental Health Military Criminal Justice EmployersEducators H&W NAMI E.R.s Psych Hospitals Private Providers Police – Sheriff – Jail – State Police Print Media Video Media Organizations NAMI * Contacts National Guard V.A. Volunteer Groups Prosecutors Defense Judges Probation Prisons Thru PR Or Groups Kids Colleges Universities Teachers SROs

27 Peer To Peer Mentors Vital Component. Ensure training. Consider information release waivers. Make them a part of the solution. Be prepared to be a mediator between groups and organizations.

28 Peer To Peer Mentors Assemble a diverse group of volunteers. Keep track of their basic service records. Match up as close as possible with vet. VA in our area presented four hour training. Additional VA Orientation needs to happen. Get Buy-In from mentors! – Hidden Agendas or “axes to grind” can be bad…

29 Has This Been Helpful? Do you have ideas that you can take back home? We’d like to hear some thoughts on how you plan to tackle this.

30 In Conclusion Boise Police and the Veteran’s Network produced a video: “Private Combat” We gave NAMI Boise the rights to the video. Order forms are on the NAMI Boise website; or I can email the form to you.

31 In Conclusion


33 As with CIT The manner in which you execute this will vary. The important part is to try. It will be a long haul. When we identified our first “save” we knew it was worth it.

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