Delaware County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Hosted By:
Delaware County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Hosted By: Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health and CIT Steering Committee Welcome Jack Whelan, District Attorney Introduction to Delaware County CIT
Bill Chambers, CIT- WhatOffice is it? of Behavioral Health Purpose - Nationwide Effort How it looks in Delaware County Why we need you/what role you play CIT Programs Nationwide An Integration of Purpose:
Enhance Officer and Citizen Safety police-based crisis stabilization and de-escalation behavioral health crisis intervention services linkages to community-based
behavioral health services How did Delaware County CIT get started? Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health officials participated in a Cross-System Mapping May 2010 Using the Sequential Intercept Model, the group examined the current system, identified gaps in services, and proposed strategies to address the identified gaps Ranked in priority order, the strategies included:
#1 Develop a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program #2 Expand Forensic housing options #3 Develop systemic Re-entry planning CIT Program Accomplishments Convened a CIT Steering Committee May
2011 Hired FTAC/Forensic System Solutions consultants Developed CIT Program documents Mission and Vision Statements Goals and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Held 1 intro CIT session for Supervisory Officers Elicited supervisory officer program input
Held 3 Intro CIT sessions for Patrol Officers 57 patrol officers and supervisors attended CIT Program Accomplishments (continued) Developed a CIT logo Produced a CIT uniform lapel pin Developed Crisis and Violence Prevention officer resource cards and magnets Purchased Hearing Distressing Voices program Established a Curriculum Subcommittee Developed a 4-day CIT Program certification
curriculum Recruited presenters for 21 CIT instructional Distinguished guests and Graduates of the first Delaware County Crisis Intervention Team class ~ June 2012 1st row Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, County Councilman John McBlain, County Councilman Mario Civera, County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle, Delaware County Executive Director Marianne Grace, and Springfield Police Chief Joseph Daly 2nd row CIT Graduates - Thomas Thompson, Frank Guile, Robert Frazier, Joseph Mazzone, Amanda Pombo, Kelly Sease, Donald Petterson, Nicholas Paytas Delaware County CIT Program Mission Statement:
To promote effective collaboration within the Delaware County forensic system (criminal justice, behavioral health, law enforcement and the community). Vision Statement: The safety of police officers and people with behavioral health disorders will be enhanced through specialized training, education, and collaboration. CIT Program Goals Goal 1: Assure that encounters between police officers and individuals with behavioral health disorders are safe for all involved, and are unlikely to include violence and injury. Goal 2: Reduce the number of times an individual with a behavioral
health disorder has contact with police (help people break the cycle). Goal 3: Assure that behavioral health services effectively support police response to incidents involving individuals with mental illness/ substance use disorders in crisis. Goal 4: Promote ongoing system-wide communication and evaluation in order to improve the response to and successful outcomes for, individuals with behavioral health disorders. Goal 5: Develop measureable outcomes related to each goal. Recovery in Delaware County Over 10,000 people receive behavioral health services per year Most of these individuals live, work, and socialize in communities and neighborhoods of their choosing Most also engage in supportive services that enable them to lead
stable, productive, and quality lives in the community Some go back to school for GEDs and then on to Community College or other educational or training programs Some work full-time while others have part-time jobs to supplement their disability incomes Some volunteer their time in local community projects Recovery From Incarceration The U.S. has the worlds highest incarceration rate Delaware County Prison has about 1900 inmates Some of those incarcerated have mental illnesses 94 inmates (about 5%) have a Serious Mental Illness 400 inmates (about 20%) get psychotropic medications
After prison release many individuals reoffend Those with mental illnesses who have re-entry plans have a much lower recidivism rate Many are successfully connected to treatment, housing, case management and supportive services A Forensic Recovery Journey Tony was incarcerated at a State Correctional Institution for about 10 years At release, he was admitted to a state mental hospital He was later discharged to a locked LTSR program He began attending a Club House in the community Doing well, he stepped down to an open CRR program Continuing to do well, he moved to his own apartment
10 years later, he is still living in the community He has not been re-incarcerated A Forensic Recovery Journey
Tony still maintains his own apartment today A rental subsidy makes the apartment affordable Supported Living staff help him with housing issues He is still a member of the Club House program A psychiatrist prescribes medications for him A Case Manager helps to coordinate his services He worked as a janitor/tried going back to school He socializes with neighbors and has a girlfriend Tony enjoys going to movies and bowling with friends Where CIT is Today. . . Congratulations! You are the 2nd DelCo CIT Class Thank you for taking on this additional role
Graduating Police Officers will receive the official Delaware County CIT uniform lapel pin: You will become a recognized ambassador and an effective resource in the community, and an important resource for your fellow Officers Your involvement will help us to continue to build the DelCo CIT training into an effective
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