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Psychiatric Services

A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association Editor: Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Open Forum  |  April 1, 2014
Crisis Intervention Teams: Let’s Close the Evidence Gap

Crisis intervention team models that train police to handle mental health crises in the community have been applauded, but they could become a temporary trend without more research linking specific aspects of the training with behavior changes among police. Major gaps exist in research verifying that changes in officers’ attitudes and skills translate into behavioral change and determining how criminal justice–mental health partnerships affect officers’ behavior, the authors said.

Columns  |  April 1, 2014
Criminal Records and the Job Search: What’s Legal and What’s Not

A single criminal record can create long-term employment barriers for individuals with a serious mental illness, upending the goal of working shared by most people in recovery. This Law & Psychiatry column describes established tools that can partially lower these barriers. It also discusses recent guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarifying how employers can—and cannot—use arrest and conviction information.

Articles  |  April 1, 2014
Training Police to De-escalate Mental Health Crises

Since the 1980s, police officers in cities around the country have volunteered for crisis intervention team (CIT) training to gain skills needed to de-escalate situations involving people with serious mental illness. This study of nearly 600 Georgia police showed that officers who received CIT training felt more confident in deescalating such crises and in making appropriate referrals. CIT training not only improved officers’ skills and confidence, it also improved their attitudes toward people with mental illnesses.

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