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1 NAMI MASSACHUSETTS Crisis Intervention and Diversion Project: A Work in Progress Laurie A. Martinelli, J.D., MPH Executive Director

2 Background 2011 –The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Massachusetts) announces major focus on decriminalization of mental illness. February 2012 – Press conference to announce report entitled, “Building Alliances between the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems to Prevent Unnecessary Arrests”. Major findings: People with mental illness more likely to get arrested; Without treatment, risk of arrest for behaviors symptomatic of mental illness; Arrest has become alternative to treatment; and, Lack of treatment results in emotional and financial costs

3 Stakeholder Outreach Appointment of NAMI Mass CRISIS INTERVENTION AND DIVERSION ADVISORY COMMITTEE State DMH Courts Probation Attorney General’s Office Behavioral Health providers State, County and local law enforcement District Attorneys’ offices Advocates People with Lived Experience

4 Advisory Committee Work to Date Quarterly Meetings planned - 3 meetings held Fact finding Current programs in Massachusetts CIT Co-Responder Hybrid Model programs in other states Connecticut – Statewide CIT Program NAMI Connecticut and CABLE Establishing goals

5 Goals of Crisis Intervention and Diversion Project 1. Promote statewide strategy for police and first responder training programs and specialized response teams on mental illness. 2. Identify stable funding stream for police training and specialized response teams. 3. Build partnerships between local police and community- based crisis intervention, or emergency services programs. 4. Assure crisis intervention services accessible and available to every Massachusetts resident who requires them, by expanding coverage to include all public and private insurers.

6 Getting from Here to There…Funding Long-term project – Need $650K over 5 years Do all fundraising upfront Grant proposals Targeted donations from sponsors of NAMI’s efforts To date, have raised $235K, including NAMI Mass’ largest ever grant of $100K from One World Boston (Cummings Foundation) Championed new $250K competitive grant program in State budget to municipalities to develop police training on mental illness and partnerships with mental health providers. Awaiting word on 2 other grant proposals Exploring programs/foundations that fund criminal justice/mental health initiatives

7 Getting from Here to There…Leadership and Public Relations In order to raise profile of NAMI Massachusetts Crisis Intervention and Diversion Project, need for “champions” Steve Rosenfeld, Vice President NAMI Massachusetts June Binney, Criminal Justice Project Director, NAMI Massachusetts Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director, NAMI Massachusetts “Meet and greet” stakeholders Visit programs around the State and take aways Retention of Public Relations firm to craft message and develop media strategy

8 Getting from Here to There…University Affiliation Exploring university partnerships Possible areas for collaboration Needs assessment Grant writing Program evaluation to show effectiveness of mental health training/specialized teams Training site On-line training

9 Getting from Here to There…Challenges How to promote statewide strategy so that all Massachusetts residents have access to the most appropriate and responsive mental health crisis intervention and stabilization services. How to decrease the likelihood of unwarranted arrest and detention of men and women with mental illness through meaningful training programs and mental health/law enforcement community partnerships. How to assure consistency across 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts and sustainability of programs.

10 Contact us: Laurie A. Martinelli, JD, MPH, Executive Director NAMI Massachusetts Stephen Rosenfeld, JD, Vice President, NAMI Massachusetts June S. Binney, JD, Criminal Justice Project Director, NAMI Massachusetts


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