Nonprofit teams up with Bosque Farm’s Police to help people living with mental illness
By Matthew Tinney
July 9, 2014
Albuquerque, NM – Local nonprofit the Crisis Intervention Team, Inc. (CIT, Inc.) announces the Helping Hand Project. It is designed to keep people living with mental illness and/or homelessness out of jail. Often times when law enforcement responds to a crisis situation involving these specific groups, they are left with limited options to help. People in crisis need their basic needs met immediately – a warm bed or meal. When these individuals are taken to jail, the source of the problems prompting a police response are not addressed. They are eventually released, untreated, still homeless, and without coping options.
The Bosque Farm’s Police Department (BFPD) has graciously agreed to partner with CIT, Inc. to implement the Helping Hand Project and end this cycle. Together, their goal is to provide immediate services to those in crisis, like food, shelter, and safety. Then use established support programs as a bridge to get them into long-term services like housing and mental health care.
The Helping Hand Project will make this possible with donations made through their website www.goCIT.org.
The Helping Hand Project gives law enforcement a way to make a difference in your community by helping the most disenfranchised people in crisis. Their long-term goals are to end homelessness and avoid community tragedies.
The Crisis Intervention Team, Inc. (CIT Inc.) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization in Albuquerque, NM that aims to promote public safety, destigmatization, reduce tragedies and enrich the lives of those affected by mental illness. For more information on CIT, Inc. and their projects please see their website http://www.goCIT.org
To learn more about this, please contact
Matthew Tinney, Director
Crisis Intervention Team, Inc.
The Mental Health Minute