|Crisis Intervention Team Center Receives $1 Million Grant
For release: Nov. 30, 2005
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The Crisis Intervention Team Center at the University of Memphis has received a $1 million federal grant to continue its national work as an innovative model for police-based crisis intervention, community health care, and advocacy partnerships.
The CIT program consists of officers who work with citizens who are experiencing a behavioral crisis. The program, which began in Memphis, involves a partnership with Memphis Police Services, the Memphis office of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the local mental health community.
Dr. Randolph Dupont, chairman of the U of M's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, is a consultant to the CIT. He is recognized as a national expert in crisis intervention and jail diversion for the mentally ill and has provided consultation to communities across the country.
The Memphis CIT program has been recognized as a best-practice model by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Amnesty International USA.The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Memphis Police Department, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill will provide support for expanded training and technical assistance for communities throughout the nation.
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