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.
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
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.
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