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Law Enforcement-Based Diversion: Strategic Innovations from the Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network

Published Apr 1, 2011, National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

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This report provides a detailed update and summary on the work of the MH/JJ Action Network's Law Enforcement-based Diversion Strategic Innovation Group. While standard Crisis Intervention Team training is offered to most police officers, it focuses primarily on response techniques for adults, not adolescents.  To address this void, the MH/JJ Action Network and the three participating states (Colorado, Louisiana and Pennsylvania), working with the Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute (CRCPI) and other national experts, expanded the existing CIT strategy by creating a supplemental, 8 hour training curriculum- Crisis Intervention Teams for Youth (CIT-Y).

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