Mental Health & Criminal Justice


Local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community
respond to people experiencing mental health crises

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, individuals who live with mental illness and/or addiction disorders, their families, and other advocates. … It also promotes officer safety and the safety of the individual in crisis.

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Co-Responder Models

The CoResponder model pairs law enforcement and behavioral health specialists to respond to behavioral health related calls for police service. … A dedicated team of one or more officers paired with one or more behavioral health specialists who ride together in the same vehicle for all or most of a shift.

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CODE the Movie

Developed by NAMI Tennessee with the cooperation of the Tennessee Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Tennessee Dept. of Corrections.

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