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1 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc CIT “Plus” Crisis Intervention Teams The Connecticut Model

2 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc The Synergy Impetus CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement CABLE Champion The New London PD Crisis Intervention Team

3 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc Coalition Building

4 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc Curriculum Introduction to CIT model Mental Illness and Co-occurring Disorders Mental Illness and the Law Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents Effective Police Encounters with Children and Adults on the Autism Spectrum Suicide by Cop: What we know; Personal Perspectives; Post-shooting Trauma and Care Suicide Assessment and Intervention In-Custody Death and Excited Delirium Medication: the Double-Edged Sword De-escalation Techniques and Less Lethal Options A Family Perspective on Mental Illness In Our Own Voice – Persons with Mental Illness Share Their Stories Pre and Post Deployment: Veterans & Family Issues Hearing Voices that are Distressing: An Experiential Exercise Completing the Police Emergency Evaluation Review Form Role Plays

5 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc Memphis Model of CIT 40 hour curriculum Led by trained, experienced law enforcement professionals (credibility is key to CIT success) Co-training with mental health professionals, families and persons living with mental illness Interdisciplinary training – geared toward police AND their mental health partners Working partnerships established between police and community based crisis services and supports M o r e t h a n j u s t t r a i n i n g !

6 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc The Brain Child New London PD CIT + Southeastern CT Mental Health Authority = Dedicated CIT Clinician

7 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc Role of the CIT Clinician Assist CIT officer on CIT calls Assist CIT officer in writing Emergency Evaluation Request forms Stay with consumer in ED to finish intakes and let CIT officer return to road Follow up on consumers not taken to ED – and those who are… Cell block assessments Build solid working relationship with police partners and more….

8 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc Benefits A “continuum of care” that goes beyond the initial encounter and disposition Clinician continues the “follow-up” to ensure that client is linked to services Facilitates and strengthens consumer connections to community based caregivers Reduces the number of repeat calls Saves the officer time off the road

9 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc Funding Establishing connections with NAMI-CT and others Presentation to the State of CT’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Research for Grant opportunities DMHAS was awarded a Byrne Grant for a pilot CABLE chosen to implement both the pilot and the statewide initiative

10 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc The Pilot To implement CIT in three large urban police departments within the state. To hire and train CIT clinicians dedicated to working with those police departments. To hire a University to:  assess the effectiveness of the model as a pre-arrest, jail diversion tool;  assess the effectiveness of CIT in linking consumers to community based services

11 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc The Carrot! Covered all training costs including some overtime expenses Paid for the CIT Clinician to work with New London/Norwich, West Haven, New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury police departments. Potential reduction in officer injuries (workers compensation claims) Potential reduction in injuries to consumers Potential reduction in liability claims against municipalities

12 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc The work continues… Expanding the model Continued advocacy for support from the state legislature and Prison and Jail Overcrowding Commission Creative uses of statewide and community resources to build what works best for each community and their police department.

13 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc Where we are now 20 trainings 6 annual refresher conferences officers and mental health clinicians trained 55 law enforcement agencies (Incl. State police, U.S. Marshalls, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Colleges and Universities MH Probation and MH Parole Officers)

14 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc Statewide insignia The Pathfinder “Follow me, I know the way…”

15 CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc For more information contact: Inspector Ken Edwards, Jr. President, CABLE, Inc. (860) Louise Pyers, MS Executive Director, CABLE, Inc. (203) and Criminal Justice Project Director – NAMI-CT


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