Evaluation of Chicago Police Department's Crisis Intervention Teams
The Chicago Police Department, in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Chicago (NAMI-GC), established its 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team for Youth (CIT-Y) training to teach officers how to better respond to mental health crises among juveniles. Training law enforcement officers about youth mental health may reduce criminalization of juvenile offending behavior related to unmet mental health needs. ICJIA researchers sought to explore program operations and offer strategies to strengthen the training. Methods included a curriculum test, course evaluation survey, and focus group. Findings suggested the CIT-Y training enhanced officer knowledge of department protocols for responding to youth mental health-related calls and improved their accessibility to community-based mental health care.
The evaluation report for the first year of program was published in 2012 and is available at http://www.icjia.state.il.us/public/pdf/researchreports/cit_year1_july_2012.pdf. The report for the second year evaluation will be available on the ICJIA website soon.