NCCJD seeks to engage professionals, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their family members to better understand criminal justice and disability-related issues and provide information on current topics of greatest interest to them. To achieve this goal, NCCJD is offering free monthly webinars from January 2014 through August 2015. Webinars will be archived and made available 2-5 business days after the live event and will be free for two weeks following the event. Archived webinars that are more than two weeks old will cost $5.00.
NCCJD’s webinars are highly informative, easy to access and a great way to stay informed about criminal justice and disability issues. Please note all future webinars will provide closed captioning upon request. We value your feedback, and it is our goal to provide the most conducive and effective learning platform possible.
See below to learn more or sign up for an upcoming webinar. To view a past, recorded webinar, see our webinar archive.
Suspects/Offenders’ Issues Series: Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Programs: Lessons Learned on Working with Police
November 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST
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Laura Usher, CIT Program Manager, NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness)
For more than 25 years, crisis intervention teams (CIT) have helped local communities come together to improve interactions between police and people living with mental illness. The goal of these programs is safer encounters between police and individuals in crisis, give police tools to respond to crisis situations and link people to mental health services. CIT programs also ensure better coordination between law enforcement agencies, mental health providers and other service providers, and individuals and families.
While CIT may not be a perfect fit to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it does provide lessons for the I/DD community on how to partner with law enforcement. Ms. Usher will share lessons on how to partner with police and build a sustainable change in local communities to address the needs of people with disabilities.