On October 23rd, 2014, we updated our
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This is new school CIT emphasizes a partnership between law enforcement, the mental health, 911, deputies, mental health advocacy groups, and consumers of mental health services, their families, and private hospital.
It is crucial that each party set aside any feelings of doubt and suspicion in order to reach a common goal. The consumer is the common goal
Virginia Beach Largest city in Virginia 435,000 pop Large military presence Tourists Homeless Urban and Agricultural BEACHFRONT
A lot of hard work!!
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Virginia Beach Mental Health Substance Abuse
Virginia Beach Police Department
Virginia Beach Psychiatric
Virginia Beach Sheriffs Office
Virginia Beach 911 Communications
First Things First Leadership Team Coalition Training Your command staff, executives, and department heads must be on board and willing to sacrifice manpower to complete training: Chief’s video
MOST WANTED VB Police Command Staff insisted on ability to transfer custody and allow police to return to the street Initially VA laws did not allow LE to hand off Mental Health Law Reforms speeded up after VA Tech killings Many meetings with hospital directors to get Assessment Center for transfer of custody
Building Community Buy-in
Major Sam Cochran spoke at the first VB CIT Coalition Meeting
Only invite movers and shakers to meetings
Choose people who can change policy and procedures. Worker bees can’t.
Develop subcommittees who report to Coalition
Applied for, and received Byrne Jag Grant awarded in 2008
Sent LE and MH to 40 hour trainings around VA
Selected Core Faculty and developed our curriculum
Since March 2009, VB has had five 40 hour trainings, three Train-the-trainer classes and five 8 hour 911 Dispatchers trainings
Virginia Beach Psychiatric Partnership of private-for-profit with public agency requires trust and negotiations VBPC provides physical space for CIT Officer transfer of custody to a secure setting Assessment Center: Office for Emergency services clinicians Large assessment/conference room Comfort room with loungers and TV MOA: negotiations between private and public sectors are more difficult.
Involve 911 from the beginning
Make sure 911 is a separate department but mirror CIT
Include 911 in initial training at leadership level
Communication is key
VB 911 system gathers data for CIT calls
Deputies Involved in all training sessions Complete tours of the jail and education for training Deputies and Police trainers work collaboratively in 40 hour trainings
Police Department Commitment to make program work from the top down. Leadership Team met with Command Staff to explain CIT Communication with other parties key Policies and Mental Health Field Guide rewritten Strive for working relationships with Mental Health, Sheriff’s Department, 911 and Virginia Beach Psychiatric Monthly meetings regarding successes and failures
Mental Health Substance Abuse Committed to have direct availability of a CIT designated Emergency Services clinician 24/7 Manages JAG Byrne Grant Coordinates Training, Leadership, Coalition , and Committee meetings Spearheaded the development of VB CIT Assessment Center for transfer of custody from CIT Officer Committed to partnership with law enforcement
Human Rights Award Virginia Beach CIT was honored with a Human Rights Award March 2010