Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined with others in their communities to sponsor activities, large or small, for public education about mental illness. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of the work of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise mental illness awareness.
EMS providers often treat these patients repeatedly, and as CIT programs are primarily designed to improve the outcomes of police interactions with people with mental illness, EMS providers can potentially help divert these patients to proper care before they have a run-in with the police.
They can be used off-the-shelf or customized to better cover application requirements.
We often hear that an event, business or other entity offers “something for everyone.” Rarely is that ever truly the case.
S., which can help your EMS agency locate CIT programs already in place in your community.
If your community doesn’t have an existing CIT program, you can begin the discussion by including local law enforcement and mental health resources.