Tools and resources that a CIT approach could offer in the learner’s community
The CIT approach can help provide a collaborative effort to help police officers work effectively with the mentally ill population. James & Gilliland (2013) declares, “CIT was developed specifically to train patrol officers to deal with the mentally ill and emotionally disturbed” (p.102). It could provide a bridge for individuals to receive necessary emergency mental health services and to protect everyone’s safety. CIT utilizes trained police officers that can serve as that bridge. A CIT approach can provide mental health and legal resources to help the individual in crisis. The mental health and legal communities work together as a cohesive unit to provide the best comprehensive services possible.
Benefits/obstacles of CIT
CIT can help lessen the amount of violent incidents that occurs between police officers and the mentally ill population. Fisher and Grudzinskas (2010) acknowledge that CIT was formed because of a fatal shooting to an individual with a co-occurring disorder (Fisher & Grudzinskas, 2010). CIT gives police officers and mental health workers the opportunity to learn more about the opposite career field. It can lead to respect and a willingness to help each other, which can help the client receive better services.
The main obstacle that the learner noticed is the finances that would need to be allocated towards CIT. Some cities might not have the financial resources to fund the CIT program. However, the learner believes it would be more cost effective to implement the CIT program. Otherwise, it would cost more lives and lead to civil lawsuits.
Crisis intervention approaches and co-existing disorders
Whenever working with a client in crisis it is imperative that the crisis worker assesses for a co-occurring disorder. We would need to utilize an intake assessment to see what information we can learn about the client. As crisis workers, we need to try to get historical information from the client’s family to see if they had been previously diagnosed with any mental health disorders. It does no good to treat 1 condition and not the other because the same issues could trigger a relapse.
Fisher, W., & Grudzinskas, A. (2010). Crisis intervention teams as the solution to managing crises involving persons with serious psychiatric illnesses: Does 1 size fit all? Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations. Retrieved from: Capella