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  • Policies and procedures within both the law enforcement agencies and mentalhealth agencies that outline the roles and responsibilities of eachparty. Where written and mutual agreements are necessary or desirable betweenand among agencies, this will be accomplished.• Each trainer/presenter will develop their lesson plan around the goals andobjectives established for each section of the curriculum• Class or school coordinator(s) should meet with trainers/presenters prior totraining for coordination and continuity of the materials• Trainers/presenters should be encouraged to go on “ride-alongs” withpolice officers to experience what it is like walking in police officer’sshoes.• Trainers/presenters are informed about officer and community safetyissues and about the use of force continuum used by each law enforcementagency• Trainers/presenters receive an evaluation for feedback and to ensuremaintaining the most effective trainerTrainers/presenters who are willing to learn about police work and to become“police familiar” as they provide training to the officers. Trainers/presenters mustinclude mental health/substance abuse treatment professionals, family members ofindividuals with serious mental illness, individuals who themselves have seriousmental illness (“consumers”), and people (preferably experienced CIT officers)who are able to assist in role-playing to help officers develop their de-escalationskills.
  • Trainers/presenters who are willing to learn about police work and to become“police familiar” as they provide training to the officers. Trainers/presenters mustinclude mental health/substance abuse treatment professionals, family members ofindividuals with serious mental illness, individuals who themselves have seriousmental illness (“consumers”), and people (preferably experienced CIT officers)who are able to assist in role-playing to help officers develop their de-escalationskills.

Buddy up for Success-Public and Private Partnerships Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Buddy up for SuccessPublic and Private Partnerships
    What does it take to make a successful CIT Program?
  • 2. Ever felt like this?
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Mental Health
    VBPD
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Virginia Beach
    Largest city in Virginia 435,000 pop
    Large military presence
    Tourists
    Homeless
    Urban and Agricultural
    BEACHFRONT
  • 7. A lot of hard work!!
    • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    • 8. Virginia Beach Mental Health Substance Abuse
    • 9. Virginia Beach Police Department
    • 10. Virginia Beach Psychiatric
    • 11. Virginia Beach Sheriffs Office
    • 12. 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. Building Community Buy-in
    • Major Sam Cochran spoke at the first VB CIT Coalition Meeting
    • 15. Only invite movers and shakers to meetings
    • 16. Choose people who can change policy and procedures. Worker bees can’t.
    • 17. Develop subcommittees who report to Coalition
  • Results
    • Applied for, and received Byrne Jag Grant awarded in 2008
    • 18. Sent LE and MH to 40 hour trainings around VA
    • 19. Selected Core Faculty and developed our curriculum
    • 20. 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.
  • 21. 911
    • Involve 911 from the beginning
    • 22. Make sure 911 is a separate department but mirror CIT
    • 23. Include 911 in initial training at leadership level
    • 24. Communication is key
    • 25. 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
  • 26. 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
  • 27. 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
  • 28. Human Rights Award
    Virginia Beach CIT was honored with a Human Rights Award March 2010