Crises Intervention Teams

Crises Intervention Teams (CIT): Law Enforcement on Mentally Ill Patients
Create a program outcome measure tool using the program selected for the Learning Team
Evaluation Plan assignment. The following are just some ideas, but you can be creative:
�Pre- and post-questionnaire



Write a 350- to 700-word paper describing the following:
�Identify the program outcome your tool will address

�Describe how the tool created will be used to collect data to measure the program outcome

�Provide rationale and support as to why this tool was selected

The learning team evaluation plan program is crisis intervention teams (CIT) the audience is law
enforcement dealing with mental illness. There are several websites that address this issue. Two
current references



Law enforcement on mentally ill patient

In their work, law enforcers should treat mental patients specially. The group is at a risk
of being abused following their uncontrolled behavior attributed to their impaired mental status.
Lacey indicatedthat jailed people with mental complications in Los Angelesfor instance,
constitute17%of the jailed county’s men population and 24% of the women population (Cordner,
2014, Pg. 92). Lamb and Wigner reported that approximately 10% of prisoners in American jails
are severely mentally impaired (Cordner2005, Pg. 245). Mental patients are more likely to break
laws as compared to normal people. Extra consideration is therefore necessary before their
jailingto avoid unfair treatment.
Reports from police indicated that the rate of involvement of mental patients in unlawful
activities was high necessitating the development of initiatives such as the CIT. As Sewell wrote,
establishment of crises centers to enhance handling of mentally ill crime suspects was a good
move in addressing the situation (Sewell, 2015, Pg. 67). CIT program was developed to
intervene on the way law enforcement bodies act when dealing with the mentally incapacitated.
The program educates the police and the public on ways of recognizing, and assisting mental
patients. Due to their hostile tendencies, mentally ill patients often face discrimination byboth the
police and the public.
The program incorporates voluntary members from police patrol departments as the
University of Memphis illustrated. The institution further explained that CITextends to other
stakeholders such as psychiatric health care providers, resulting in ultimate mutual benefit


between the different parties. Police officers enrolled on the program possess extra skillson
handling the mentally handicapped.

Outcome of CIT in Law Enforcement for Psychiatric Patients

Law enforcers dealing with psychiatric patients offer the best audience in the study to
evaluate the achievements of the CIT program. In the study, the enforcers are expected to give
their experiences in dealing with mental patients, before and after undergoing through the
program. Issues in a study on the outcome of CIT would include the following:
 The effectiveness of CIT in improving the patient-police interactions. The program
equips the police with extra skills in handling people with mental disorders. A change
could therefore have resulted in the way the parties interact after the application of the
method. A record of incidences of endangerment of either patty would form a good basis
for the assessment of how the program influenced the interaction.
 The contribution of CIT toward improved services for the mental patients. The program
was designed to harmonize various stakeholders involved in the care for the patients. The
effect of the program on the provision of health care and housing facilities among other
services to the challenged group would be useful in evaluating its success.
 Involvement of psychiatric patients in crime before and after the CIT took effect.
Development of the program was motivated by displeasing tendencies
ofpsychiatricpatients to indulge in unlawful activities. Comparison of statistical data
about involvement of the patients in crime would help evaluate the outcome of the


Collection of data through a precise test offers a convenient way of evaluating the success of
CIT. Data from the test would give an impression on the effectiveness of the program. The test
should constitute questions that are tied to the objectives of the CIT program. The researcher
may then use the results of the test to conclude on the outcome of CIT.


  1. Are there improvements in the way police and psychiatric patients interact? Cite
    incidences of hostility, where either patty was endangered.
  2. Has care provision on mental patient been made easier after application of CIT? Cite any
    improvement you have noticed from your research.
  3. Do you think that CIT has enabled the police tackle criminal cases involving mental
    patients more efficiently? Give evidence.
  4. Research on how statistics compare on the involvement of mental patient in crime, before
    and after institution of CIT.
  5. Do you think CIT offers a good method of law enforcement among the mentally ill
    population? Support your view with evidence.




Cordner, G., (2015). People with Mental Illness.Center for Problem-Oriented Policing.
University of Memphis.(n.d.) CIT Center: A Resource for CIT Programs across the Nation.

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