The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI for short, is the United States largest and oldest grassroots non-profit on mental health advocacy. They also are one of the only services that provide training and help to family members of people living with mental illness.
When the first Crisis Intervention Team was being created in Memphis, NAMI played a huge role in making it a community-based program. When looking at starting or enhancing a CIT program making sure you have NAMI or your local mental health advocacy group involved is a must.
NAMI’s website also host amazing information on behavioral health disorders and ways to help someone in need. There information is easy to read and easy to access making it great material to use in training or to hand out to families in need.
So what are some of their programs? Well here are a few:
Check out more on NAMI here.
Nils recently accepted the position as Medical Director for the Albuquerque Police Department. In this position he felt he would not be able to fully serve the non-profit with his time and has resigned.
Thank you Nils for your dedication to the CIT movement and creating positive change throughout our community and country. You have helped set standards for others to follow.
I feel like his new position will give him opportunity to continue his efforts in improving CIT policing and creating standards for other organizations to follow.
Well long story short our equipment was stolen. Nils had been in the process of moving and overnight his vehicle was broken into and the equipment was stolen from it. We are still putting out podcast of the didactics from the CIT Knowledge Network and will continue to do so. Unfortunately we do not have the funding to replace the equipment that was stolen so our weekly show is on a hiatus.
This should be looked at as a learning moment. You should never leave things of value in open view of your vehicle. This leads to crime of opportunity that may not have been present previously. Even if you have an empty backpack or purse put it in the trunk only you know that it is empty.
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Apparently out equipment was not taken. Nils found in during his move!
The program coordinator for the CIT Knowledge Network has opened up at the UNM.
You can find out more here :https://unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1463673594378
It is under staff positions and the job title is Project Coordinator. If you or anyone you know is interested send them that way!
This is a unique opportunity to be on the forefront of a brand new style of training to increase the knowledge around CIT Policing and public service.
The Crisis Intervention Team Inc. brings you education, conversations and perspectives on behavioral health, law enforcement, and crisis intervention teams.