Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) - Case Management
Established in 2005, the Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) case management program helps people with mental illness who have had contact with law enforcement. The case management team accomplishes this by providing services to individuals once they have been referred by a C.I.T. officer. (A C.I.T. officer is a specially trained police officer who has been trained to recognize and diffuse problems that stem from emotional and mental issues.)
The officer completes a referral form and faxes it to the Criminal Justice team at Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network. After the referral is received by our office, C.I.T. case managers contact the person by phone calls, letters and/or in person. Treatment needs are assessed on a case-by-case basis. The referral may be to Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network for treatment or to outside agencies as appropriate.
After a police encounter, our case management team provides crisis intervention and services. The case management team offers confidential assistance to help the person navigate the mental health, substance abuse, legal, funding and other systems, providing linkage to needed services. This coordinated approach -- an evidence-based practice --has been proven to work. We make this program available to keep people out of jail, help them rebuild their lives, and keep our community safe.
The case management team was the first of its kind in Colorado to directly provides these services; in other communities, it was solely the C.I.T. police officer that did the follow-up, but this model is catching on. This model team provides case management services, which includes information, education, training and family support. We facilitate referrals for:
To learn more, contact the Criminal Justice team at 303 953 7324.
Integrated case management intervention — working collaboratively with mental health, substance abuse, criminal justice and other community services — is an "evidence-based practice." This means we have proof that it works. People get better; we spend less by not incarcerating inappropriately placed individuals, and we keep our community safer.
Revolving-door recidivism. We break the cycle.
Since the early 1980's, Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network has been a leader in providing "dual-diagnosis" treatment for both mental illness and substance abuse. Our success is measured by our ability to keep the consumer in the community as a productive, law-abiding family and community member. By breaking the cycle of mental illness, substance abuse and incarceration, we help to reduce jail days, keep the community safer, and ultimately save taxpaper dollars.