Below is some information on the Criminal Justice Diversion Program and NAMI’s work with other organizations to bring much needed reform to police training and response in Massachusetts. 3 LINKS:
1.Efforts to Decriminalize Addiction Must Include Mental Health—In light of the opioid crisis, this most recent publication highlights the links between substance use, mental illness, and police involvement. With this budget amendment, NAMI Mass proposes the creation of a statewide Center of Excellence in Community Policing and Behavioral Health that will serve as a clearinghouse of best practices in mental health and substance use response and provide 40hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainings. These trainings give first responders the necessary skills to respond effectively to behavioral health crises.
2.Supporting Law Enforcement: Effective Training & Collaboration Models—this publication does a good job of explaining the menu of training options NAMI would like to make available to police and first responders and other relevant legislation.
3.The “Major Achievements” document is an overview of the work of NAMI’s Criminal Justice Diversion Program over the last 3-4 years. The work they are doing is great, but needs support from the legislature to scale up and reach every police department and community in MA