The Criminal Justice Behavioral Health program was created to assist law enforcement, legal, and behavioral health agencies to provide support and problem solving to reduce the impact of allegedly mentally ill individuals on the legal and law enforcement system. This program maintains an on-going working involvement with community advocates and seeking educational opportunities to end the destructive and harmful effects of mental illness stigma. This program can assist with educating, organizing, and standardizing Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainings along with utilizing the Sequential Intercept Model in an effort to reduce recidivism through the criminal justice system.
The Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration, supported by GOBHI, helps jurisdictions across the state implement and improve systemic and programmatic efforts that successfully divert individuals with serious behavioral health needs from entering various points within the justice system including avoidance of arrest entirely.
The "Memphis Model" of pre-arrest jail diversion for those in a mental illness crisis is an innovative program that began in Memphis, Tennessee in 1987 and is regarded as the standard for CIT around the nation. View this Memphis Model summary for an overview and history of the program.
A partnership developed between the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) with the goal of broadening the reach of CIT across Oregon.
We are working with counties on establishing Crisis Intervention Teams and helping to coordinate trainings for the teams. This important course focuses on the field of law enforcement and its role in the mentally ill, drug or alcohol afflicted, and aging communities. The information, tools, and resources presented are designed to enhance first responder response and reduce the overall risk of injury or death.
• Provide information and resources to law enforcement personnel who find themselves handling calls involving emotionally disturbed individuals.
• Increase the ability of law enforcement to successfully manage an emotionally disturbed individual.
• Reduce the number of inappropriate incarcerations involving people with mental illness.
• Provide relief to an overburdened criminal justice system.
• Develop/implement a treatment response system for persons experiencing emotional or mental crisis.
• Develop/sustain officer interest and involvement on calls involving emotionally disturbed individuals.
• Continue to develop relationships between mental health providers, law enforcement and mentally ill individuals and their families.
“Great work on scenarios. I was not wanting to do this, but had fun. WAY TO GO.” Clatskanie Police Department
“Knowing all the people in the county got together for one common goal, to help people (scenario day).” Umatilla Tribal PD
“Learning about people’s interactions with LE made it easier to understand their perspective.” Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
“I thought this was very successful and look forward to working on future classes”. Ontario Police Department.
“Enlightened me on what people are feeling-hearing or why they are acting the way they do”. Malheur County Jail
This 1-day workshop, with an optional additional 1/2-day guided exercise is designed to tap into local expertise by bringing together key stakeholders to develop a “map” that illustrates how people with mental and substance use disorders come in contact with and flow through the local criminal justice system. This map identifies opportunities and resources for diverting people to treatment and indicates gaps in services. The SIM workshop is based on the Sequential Intercept Model developed through SAMHSA’s GAINS Center at Policy Research Associates (PRA).
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For more information on SIM, download the GAINS Center SIM brochure.