Beyond CIT: Establishing Mental Health Support Teams

Beyond CIT: Establishing Mental Health Support Teams
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Resources
Recorded on: 2019-06-18
Unit 1Slide Deck: Beyond CIT, Establishing Mental Health Support Teams
Unit 2Workbook: Beyond CIT
Unit 3Recording: Beyond CIT, Establishing Mental Health Support Teams

Responding to those experiencing mental health challenges or addiction requires a unique set of skills that many in law enforcement simply don’t have. Knowing the challenges facing their jurisdiction, the Tuscon Police Department developed a unique approach in order to support their community’s needs.

This session provides a “50,000 Foot” overview of the mental health and substance use disorder programs housed by the Tuscon PD. In addition learning about federal funding opportunities available to visit Tucson, Arizona to learn more about this innovative program, we’ll also discuss:

  • the Substance Use Disorder Deflection Program – which offers 24/7/365  transportation to on-demand treatment and/or detox.
  • the Co-Responder Program – which provides clinicians for on-scene responses, followup, case management triage, and assistance with deflecting individuals into treatment instead of the jail,
  • the Peer Navigator Program – comprised of uniquely trained team members with lived experience in substance use and/or mental health issues who help provide “wrap-around services” for deflected individuals and training to law enforcement personnel.
  • as well as an overview of our Learning Site Program.


Audience Comments:

  • “Well presented material on a very timely topic. Good Job!” –Tim
  • “All topics were very useful and I will use them in my career daily.” –Lydia
  • “Excellent, informative webinar. Tucson is a pioneer and I hope more agencies utilize this model of community service/response. This is the wave of the future for law enforcement.” –Caroline
  • “Hearing from Sgt. Winsky on the work they’ve been doing in Tucson for the past 20 years. Very interesting to hear a quick historical overview and the philosophies and concerns that were the catalyst for their community to start such a model.” — Nancy
  • “I thought EVERYTHING was valuable! I thoroughly enjoyed the entire webinar. Cannot wait to pass the information along to my partners in law enforcement and behavioral health.” — Laurie


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