Find Your Local NAMI
Call the NAMI Helpline at
Or text "HelpLine" to 62640
Senior Manager, Media Relations
For all other marketing and communications needs and requests, please contact email@example.com
June 22, 2011
Arlington, VA -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has published a crisis intervention team (CIT) manual for families, police, schools, mental health professionals and others to build local programs to help youth with mental illness.
The 150-page "CIT for Youth" manual is available at www.nami.org/citforyouth and recommended to civic leaders working with schools and police.
CIT for youth programs improve responses to youth in psychiatric crisis. They rely on de-escalation techniques and community partnerships that connect young people to treatment rather than to arrest and detention.
"Adult CIT programs exist in 40 states, but an urgent need exists for programs focused specifically on youth," said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. "NAMI's manual is aimed at building community partnerships to support police training and diversion practices. Schools must play an important role."
The manual provides case studies, worksheets and tools for planning and implementation to start a local CIT for youth program. It was developed by NAMI's Child and Adolescent Action Center (CAAC) and CIT Technical Assistance Resource Center (CTARC) under a grant from the Lincy Foundation.
Key background facts include:
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
NAMI on Twitter NAMI on Facebook