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Word of mouth is often the route to enlightenment: A report from Maine on starting and expanding Crisis Intervention Teams in a rural state

By Carol Carothers and Robert Tiner

ABSTRACT:   Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) are the nation's most used evidence-based practice for reducing the number of people with mental illness who are arrested and incarcerated. In this article, the director of the Maine chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill describes the statewide growth of CIT in this rural state, and its expansion from a law enforcement practice to a correctional intervention in nearly all the state's county jails. She describes how these achievements came about, what early evaluation studies reported, and what lessons have been learned..

Posted Thu, Aug 4 2011 4:22 PM by Tracey Vessels


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