The mission of NAMI Chicago is to provide hope and improve the quality of life for those whose lives are affected by mental illness by providing information and referrals; education; support; advocacy; and active community outreach.
As a grassroots organization, creating partnerships with other mental health agencies in Chicago is crucial to accomplishing their mission. NAMI Chicago works to foster those relationships and act as a resource for the community as a whole.
Several of their partnerships include:
- The Mental Health Summit
- Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training with the Chicago Police Department
- The Moving On Project
NAMI Chicago's Crisis intervention Team (CIT) Training with the Chicago Police Department
Since the fall of 2004, NAMI Chicago has been working with the Chicago Police Department to assist in the implementation of the 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for Chicago police officers making Chicago the largest urban area with CIT training in place for its officers. Numerous CIT-trained officers based in Chicago public schools asked for additional training specific to mental health issues for children and adolescents. An Advanced Juvenile 40-hour CIT Training for officers who previously completed the Basic CIT training was implemented in April of 2010, making Chicago the first in the nation to develop this level of advanced training for their officers. A major objective of the Advanced Juvenile CIT Training is to identify juveniles with mental health needs and divert them to treatment rather than incarceration.
For more details on the impact of CIT in Chicago, take a look at the NAMI Chicago CIT Advocacy Sheet.
Photos by CPFCU from the "10th Annual NAMIWalk"
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