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Re-examining Crisis Intervention Efforts in California

Bridging the gap between police and community

The Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Model was created in 1987 by the Memphis Police Department in the aftermath of the shooting, and subsequent death, of Joseph DeWayne Robinson by Memphis Police officers at the LeMoyne Gardens public housing project on September 24th of that year. Mr. Robinson was cutting and stabbing himself when police arrived at the scene, indicating that he was exhibiting at minimum, signs of psycho-emotional distress and potentially mental illness. The details of what happened after police arrived are unclear to this day, but what is clear, is that Mr. Robinson was killed, and a major factor in his death was a lack of preparedness to address his needs by the officers who arrived on the scene.

The mission of the CIT model is to equip first responders (with a primary focus on police) with the skills needed to effectively intervene in crisis situations by providing care and support to those experiencing crisis, while ensuring the safety of those affected, the intervening professionals, and the community.  CIT is often implemented in collaboration with behavioral health and law enforcement entities, with a goal to increase the crisis management capabilities of staff from both fields.

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MHSA Showcase Webinar

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The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is hosting two Showcases of exemplary Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) programs. The MHSA Showcase is an opportunity to prominently feature successful MHSA-funded programs and increase information sharing across counties and mental health plans.

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Online Learning

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Online learning is a type of distance learning that takes place over the internet and has several different names, including e-learning. CIBHS is expanding its Online Learning Courses to offer blended teaching techniques for a variety of topics pertinent to behavioral health students, providers, administrators, and leaders. 

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What trainings are you interested in?

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CIBHS provides training and services, and technical assistance and other consulting services to California counties and providers. We are able to tailor our services to your needs. Tell us what training and services you are interested in.

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Strengths Model Workshop

The Strengths Model is a recovery-oriented, evidence-based case management model developed by Charles Rapp and colleagues at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. It was developed in the early 1980’s in response to traditional mental health approaches that often focused on pathology and diagnosis, held low expectations for what people with mental illnesses could achieve in their life, and frequently used stabilization and maintenance as measures of success.

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Strengths Model Case Management: Moving Strengths from Concept to Action

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For additional reading on the Strengths Model, please open Dr. Rick Goscha’s chapter in Rooted in Strengths: Celebrating the Strengths Perspective in Social Work, editors Mendenhall and Carney.

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