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Should Police Respond to Mental Health Emergencies?
Positive outcomes occur most times that police interact with individuals with mental illness or related disorders. There are times, however, when tragedy occurs. As a result, many communities re-evaluate the role of police as first responders to individuals in emotional distress.
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program model has been adopted by many communities in the aftermath of adverse incidents between law enforcement and individuals in crisis. This webinar will explain the CIT model, including a brief description of ways that communities review their crisis response systems in the context of CIT program development. Alternative models of responding to mental health emergencies in the community will also be addressed.

About the Presenter:
Don Kamin, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who collaborates with law enforcement, behavioral health system representatives, and other community partners to address the needs of individuals with mental illness and their family members through system reform, improved collaboration, and training initiatives. A former Police Academy Instructor, he assisted in the development of the first CIT program in New York in 2004. Currently, as the Director of the Institute for Police, Mental Health and Community Collaboration, Dr. Kamin works closely with the NYS Office of Mental Health to develop CIT programs across New York. Although he spends most of his time in New York, Dr. Kamin has worked in many other states (including Alabama, Massachusetts, Missouri, and New Mexico during 2019) and recently did CIT-related work in Liberia, West Africa.

Oct 21, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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