FHR’s Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program (PSR) staff in Raleigh were recently recognized with the CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Site of the Year Award at the CIT Banquet.
CIT was established in partnership through law enforcement agencies, mental health professionals, and advocates. CIT programs are police-based pre-booking jail diversion programs that provide law enforcement officers the knowledge and skills they need to de-escalate persons in crisis. These programs emphasize access to treatment services rather than jail time for persons displaying signs of mental illness. Outcomes for both officers and the individuals in crisis are improved when communities work together in effective CIT programs.
Roosevelt Richard, Community Health and Well Being Criminal Justice Specialist at Alliance Health Plan explained that CIT site visits are extremely important to the success of the program.
“We encourage officers to divert lower level offenses of people who have a mental health, substance use, or intellectual developmental disability. It allows first responders an opportunity to better understand the resources in the community, how to make a referral, and what the expectations of the program are,” Richard said. “This knowledge empowers the first responder to be able to give [information] to the person in crisis. The site visits also allow first responders to see some of our citizens when they are not in crisis and in an environment they feel safe.”
During site visits, first responders are given a tour of a facility and an explanation of the program and the referral process.
Feedback of FHR’s site visit was that staff were extremely accommodating and supportive of the CIT program. It was also observed that individuals in FHR’s care were notably happy to be at the program.
Congratulations to staff at FHR’s Raleigh PSR program for improving the quality of life for those in the community.
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