So began a 40-hour training session for the latest crop of South Florida police officers who now wear a pin with the letters “C.I.T.” on their uniforms. CIT stands for Crisis Intervention Team, and the intense, weeklong course serves as a sort of boot camp for cops when it comes to handling — and defusing — situations where mental health comes into play.
Mental Health Media Clips
A state official Wednesday was confident that the problem of mentally ill detainees kept at the Clark County Detention Center because of a lack of residential placements for them can be resolved.
Governor Deval Patrick said today that the use of restraints and seclusion in handling mentally ill individuals in state prisons should be restricted to cases where there is a “serious and immediate” danger to the inmate and others.
“This new funding will provide SAMHSA with unprecedented opportunities to implement dynamic new initiatives called for in the President’s plan, “Now is the Time,” by expanding and improving mental health services across many critical areas. It will also provide new proactive services designed to identify children with mental health conditions earlier and get the children and their families help they need as soon as possible so that they can jumpstart their recovery to healthy, productive lives.”
ver the past decade, though, states have cut billions from their mental health budgets, shuttering clinics across the country. The result is thousands of mentally ill people funneling in and out of the nation’s jails. In many cases, it has sent the mentally ill right back where they started — locked up in facilities that are ill-equipped to help them.
A new nationwide survey of state prison administrators found that with the expansion of Medicaid eligibility prison systems have begun to support prisoners’ enrollment in Medicaid as a way to help lower prison system costs while also improving prisoners’ access to health care after release.
Taking center stage: A proposal from Gov. Butch Otter to establish crisis centers for the mentally ill in three Idaho cities, with plans to expand eventually to seven; the idea is to help people who otherwise face incarceration or other costly measures that don’t help resolve their problems.
…the county spends $19,000 more to incarcerate mentally ill people than it would to treat people with mental-health issues in stabilizing houses, which range from Psychiatric Health Facility units to step-down facilities to stand-alone treatment centers.
A judge has ruled that South Carolina’s prison system is failing to care for its mentally ill inmates.
Senator Ashford wants to change policy by making the NDCS increase mental health programs for inmates, and supervise their release back into the community. Other senators agree it’s a top priority.