Statewide Implementation of CIT<br />Connecticut<br />CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc.<br />CABLE, Inc.<br />w...
Advantages <br />Ensures fidelity to the CIT model<br />State (DMHAS) provides funding and brings locally funded MH agenci...
Disadvantages<br />Collaboration can be messy<br />Sometimes feels like herding cats<br />Roles need to be clearly defined...
Lead Organization<br />CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (C.A.B.L.E.) started after a family member with bi-polar dis...
C.A.B.L.E.<br />Purpose<br />to bring community and law enforcement resources together to address common issues related to...
C.A.B.L.E.<br />Comprised of a cross-section of stakeholders:<br />Municipal and state law enforcement personnel<br />Ment...
	C.A.B.L.E.<br />Police driven; family, consumer and mental health informed<br />Police leadership encourages police agenc...
C.A.B.L.E.<br />Ideal organization for state-wide implementation<br />Does not represent one police agency but many<br />D...
Recruitment<br />The Pilot<br />Presentation made to the Forensic Services Division of DMHAS<br />DMHAS  secured SAMHSA fu...
Recruitment…<br />CT does not have a county system  of government. Each police agency covering 169 towns must be approache...
Reluctant police agencies<br />We are persistent but do not push<br />Establish a triage method<br />“A” departments – who...
Adherence to Core Elements<br />DMHAS and CABLE initiate and facilitate ongoing discussions between local police and menta...
Adherence to Core Elements…<br />Each police agency is asked to develop a CIT policy (sample policies are provided)<br />P...
Adherence to Core Elements…<br />The Policy<br />Three main components<br />People with mental illness with be treated wit...
Adherence to Core Elements…<br />Adjusting to changing budgets, policies, etc…<br />DMHAS, CABLE, NAMI, Police and their m...
Sustaining the program<br />CABLE provides ongoing technical assistance<br />CABLE and NAMI-CT co-produce a quarterly news...
Contact Information<br />Erin Leavitt –Smith – CIT Grant Manager, DMHAS<br />860 262-5879<br />Inspector Kenneth Edwards, ...
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Presented by:Erin Leavitt –Smith – CIT Grant Manager, DMHAS

Inspector Kenneth Edwards, Jr., Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and President, CABLE

Louise Pyers, M.S., Executive Director, CABLE and Criminal Justice Project Director, NAMI-CT

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Statewide Implementation of CIT

  1. 1. Statewide Implementation of CIT<br />Connecticut<br />CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement, Inc.<br />CABLE, Inc.<br />www.cableweb.org; cable@cableweb.org<br />© CABLE, Inc. 2010<br />
  2. 2. Advantages <br />Ensures fidelity to the CIT model<br />State (DMHAS) provides funding and brings locally funded MH agencies to the table <br />Brings a variety of providers and stakeholders together for cross-learning and info sharing<br />Agencies all receive the same training, with local adaptation to their mental health provider system<br />
  3. 3. Disadvantages<br />Collaboration can be messy<br />Sometimes feels like herding cats<br />Roles need to be clearly defined<br />
  4. 4. Lead Organization<br />CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (C.A.B.L.E.) started after a family member with bi-polar disorder was wounded by a police officer during a Suicide-by-Cop attempt while manic.<br />Officer was justified and reports no long lasting trauma. Never heard of Suicide by Cop. (1997)<br />Discovered that there was only about 1-2 hours of training on mental illness at academy and in-service.<br />Founded the organization in 1998. Non-profit status established in 2003<br />
  5. 5. C.A.B.L.E.<br />Purpose<br />to bring community and law enforcement resources together to address common issues related to mental heath via<br />Crisis Intervention Team Training<br />Law Enforcement Peer Support Training<br />Research and education collaborative whose mission is to serve as an interdisciplinary resource and catalyst for law enforcement collaboration, support and education.<br />
  6. 6. C.A.B.L.E.<br />Comprised of a cross-section of stakeholders:<br />Municipal and state law enforcement personnel<br />Mental health professionals<br />Families and persons living with mental illness<br />Institutions of higher learning<br />
  7. 7. C.A.B.L.E.<br />Police driven; family, consumer and mental health informed<br />Police leadership encourages police agency participation; also ensures the curriculum is developed and delivered with safety in mind.<br />In our case, we are fortunate to have the leadership of Inspector Ken Edwards who brought CIT to the New London Police Department<br />Informed by mental health professionals, families and persons with mental illness.<br />
  8. 8. C.A.B.L.E.<br />Ideal organization for state-wide implementation<br />Does not represent one police agency but many<br />Does not represent one advocacy group but many<br />Faculty includes members of local and state police, Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, NAMI, Yale University, UCONN and others<br />Training offered regionally to link local police to their mental health providers<br />
  9. 9. Recruitment<br />The Pilot<br />Presentation made to the Forensic Services Division of DMHAS<br />DMHAS secured SAMHSA funding for a 2 year pilot that included specially trained CIT clinicians to work with police <br />DMHAS and CABLE selected and met with pilot departments (4 large urban sites) to encourage their participation. Funding included coverage of overtime costs up to $1500 per for backfill and overtime incurred<br />Also provided funding for pilot evaluation by a local university<br />The Pilot’s Success<br />With evidence in hand, DMHAS secured funding from the state legislature for funding to expand the program statewide<br />
  10. 10. Recruitment…<br />CT does not have a county system of government. Each police agency covering 169 towns must be approached. (101 police agencies – state police oversee rural areas)<br />More than one way…<br />Most successful method – using law enforcement to recruit their own.<br />Our law enforcement voice – Capt. Kenneth Edwards ,Jr. of the New London Police Dept.<br />Solicit help of other law enforcement trainers/police attorneys<br />Secure POST Certification <br />Luncheons hosted by NAMI-CT affiliates<br />
  11. 11. Reluctant police agencies<br />We are persistent but do not push<br />Establish a triage method<br />“A” departments – who want the program with little prodding<br />“B” departments – who are willing to test it out<br />“C” departments – are not ready or willing to consider it<br />We work with the A’s and B’s while continuing to approach the C’s once a year<br />
  12. 12. Adherence to Core Elements<br />DMHAS and CABLE initiate and facilitate ongoing discussions between local police and mental health providers<br />Plans are collaboratively established to encourage referrals and follow-up with consumers<br />Local mental health clinicians take the 40 hour CIT training with their police partners to encourage networking and relationship building.<br />
  13. 13. Adherence to Core Elements…<br />Each police agency is asked to develop a CIT policy (sample policies are provided)<br />Policy must be approved by CABLE<br />DMHAS offers to cover up to $1500 of OT and backfill costs for the training if the department submits and approved CIT policy<br />
  14. 14. Adherence to Core Elements…<br />The Policy<br />Three main components<br />People with mental illness with be treated with dignity and respect<br />CIT officers will be sent to mental health related calls whenever available<br />The person with mental illness will be connected to community based mental health resources when appropriate as part of their collaborative agreement with that mental health provider<br />
  15. 15. Adherence to Core Elements…<br />Adjusting to changing budgets, policies, etc…<br />DMHAS, CABLE, NAMI, Police and their mental health partners work together to find creative solutions for budget cuts<br />Changes in leadership require education about CIT and orientation to the model <br />
  16. 16. Sustaining the program<br />CABLE provides ongoing technical assistance<br />CABLE and NAMI-CT co-produce a quarterly newsletter for CIT officers and their clinical partners<br />CABLE offers a one day refresher symposium hosted by Central CT State University<br />Quarterly meetings held for Law Enforcement CIT coordinators and the clinicians they work with<br />
  17. 17. Contact Information<br />Erin Leavitt –Smith – CIT Grant Manager, DMHAS<br />860 262-5879<br />Inspector Kenneth Edwards, Jr., Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and President, CABLE<br />860 258-5965<br />Louise Pyers, M.S., Executive Director, CABLE and Criminal Justice Project Director, NAMI-CT<br />203 848-0320<br />Thank You!<br />

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