Families & Consumers: Contributions to Teaching CIT  Suzanne M. Andriukaitis, M.A., LCSW
Families & Consumers <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>Who? </li></ul>
Why? <ul><li>First person accounts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real, genuine, honest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Underscore the d...
What? <ul><li>Examples of incidents when officers assisted person in accessing treatment. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of in...
When? <ul><li>Timing of family and consumer presentations in the training is important. </li></ul><ul><li>After the basic ...
Who? <ul><li>Always  interview presenters in advance. </li></ul><ul><li>Families and Consumers must be screened in advance...
What officers say about  Family & Consumer Panels <ul><li>Family & Consumer Panels put a whole new slant on what we are tr...
What officers say about  Family & Consumer Panels <ul><li>The Family & Consumer Panels gave me a better understanding of h...
What officers say about  Family & Consumer Panels <ul><li>Having a police officer tell his personal family story brings ho...
What officers say about  Family & Consumer Panels <ul><li>Consumer presenters have made me realize that I need to exercise...
What officers say about  Family & Consumer Panels <ul><li>Consumer panel – very, very excellent.  They really put a face w...
What officers say about  Family & Consumer Panels <ul><li>J.W.D.  (Job Well Done).  Awesome presentations. </li></ul>
What Family Members & Consumers say  about their participation in educating officers. <ul><li>As a Latina, I know there is...
What Family Members & Consumers say  about their participation in educating officers. <ul><li>Surprised by how interested ...
What Family Members & Consumers say  about their participation in educating officers. <ul><li>Telling my story has been an...
What Family Members & Consumers say  about their participation in educating officers. <ul><li>As a mom with a grown son, s...
A final word… <ul><li>“Mentally ill people are sent to jail more often than hospital” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>USA TODAY ...
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Families & Consumers: Contributions to Teaching CIT

  1. 1. Families & Consumers: Contributions to Teaching CIT Suzanne M. Andriukaitis, M.A., LCSW
  2. 2. Families & Consumers <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>Who? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why? <ul><li>First person accounts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real, genuine, honest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Underscore the didactic information presented by clinicians about signs and symptoms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Putting a face on mental illness </li></ul><ul><li>Recovery potential </li></ul>
  4. 4. What? <ul><li>Examples of incidents when officers assisted person in accessing treatment. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of incidents where officers could have assisted person in accessing treatment. I wish that… </li></ul><ul><li>Families’ accounts of how they felt about their interactions with officers around their family member who needed assistance. </li></ul>
  5. 5. When? <ul><li>Timing of family and consumer presentations in the training is important. </li></ul><ul><li>After the basic overview of signs and symptoms of mental illness. </li></ul><ul><li>Prior to the role play scenarios. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Who? <ul><li>Always interview presenters in advance. </li></ul><ul><li>Families and Consumers must be screened in advance for what their stories will reveal. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t assume that just because a person feels passionate about the need to educate law enforcement officers that their story will be educational for officers. </li></ul><ul><li>Officers do not need to be bawled out. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What officers say about Family & Consumer Panels <ul><li>Family & Consumer Panels put a whole new slant on what we are truly dealing with. </li></ul><ul><li>The family perspective panel was great. The personal story from each person hit home and I’m sure that I’ll think & react with more understanding the next time I encounter similar incidents. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What officers say about Family & Consumer Panels <ul><li>The Family & Consumer Panels gave me a better understanding of how mental illness can affect anyone and made me understand a little bit better how this illness affects everyone not just the person with mental illness. </li></ul><ul><li>Family presentation has totally changed the way I will respond to consumers in need. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What officers say about Family & Consumer Panels <ul><li>Having a police officer tell his personal family story brings home the point of this training. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What officers say about Family & Consumer Panels <ul><li>Consumer presenters have made me realize that I need to exercise more patience and greater sensitivity when dealing with consumers. </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing from consumers who are managing their mental illness was encouraging in that it demonstrates that there is hope. </li></ul><ul><li>The consumer panel was 1000% more important than all topics today. </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer Panel – Amazing! </li></ul>
  11. 11. What officers say about Family & Consumer Panels <ul><li>Consumer panel – very, very excellent. They really put a face with the story and NO ONE slept in class. It made me realize these subjects (people) are someone we can relate to. Someone’s grandparents, sister, brother, co-worker, etc. </li></ul>
  12. 12. What officers say about Family & Consumer Panels <ul><li>J.W.D. (Job Well Done). Awesome presentations. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What Family Members & Consumers say about their participation in educating officers. <ul><li>As a Latina, I know there is a lot of denial in the Latino community. It is important to raise awareness. </li></ul><ul><li>It was important to me to share my story with the officers so they could hear about the embarrassment and shame that I felt when I needed to call for police assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>I was fearful that my son would be hurt by the officers. </li></ul><ul><li>I was afraid that he would hate me for having him hospitalized. </li></ul>
  14. 14. What Family Members & Consumers say about their participation in educating officers. <ul><li>Surprised by how interested the officers were in my story. </li></ul><ul><li>They asked really good questions. </li></ul><ul><li>I do this because I want people to be treated fairly. I want the officers to understand that these folks are not just acting out – they are ill. </li></ul>
  15. 15. What Family Members & Consumers say about their participation in educating officers. <ul><li>Telling my story has been an opportunity for me to go over my history, to review the hows and whys, and to come to new understandings about my experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Telling my story has helped me to realize that the past does not dictate the future. </li></ul><ul><li>I am proud of having overcome my fears of Public Speaking. </li></ul>
  16. 16. What Family Members & Consumers say about their participation in educating officers. <ul><li>As a mom with a grown son, speaking to the officers gives me hope. It takes a village…and having officers who are aware of the manifestations of mental illness has made all the difference for my son. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a nice, safe place to talk about my experiences with my son’s illness. </li></ul>
  17. 17. A final word… <ul><li>“Mentally ill people are sent to jail more often than hospital” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>USA TODAY 5/12/2010 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 times more likely to be incarcerated than hospitalized. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Report just released by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriff’s Association based on previously unpublished 2004-2005 data from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Justice. </li></ul></ul>
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