NAMI Indiana's Technical Assistance Center provides resources for Crisis Intervention Team programs in Indiana
(Operated by NAMI Indiana - Indiana's leading subject matter expert on Crisis Intervention Team program development and best practices) with the support of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction and in coordination with the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. We also provide Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) Mapping Workshops through our SIM Mapping Network and continuing education for professionals.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A SUICIDAL CRISIS, MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS, SUBSTANCE USE CRISIS, OR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS CALL 988 TO SPEAK TO A TRAINED CRISIS SPECIALIST 24/7.
If the nature of the crisis requires a response from the Fire Department, Law Enforcement, or EMS, call 911.
We can provide:
* Technical assistance to help you develop and assess your Crisis Intervention Team Program
*Certified SIM Facilitators through NAMI Indiana's SIM Mapping Network to help you plan and host a Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) workshop
*Continuing education for professionals (topics include Involuntary Detention laws; Mental Illness 101; Verbal De-Escalation Techniques; QPR Suicide Prevention; and more.)
Developing a CIT program is a rewarding experience, but it can feel overwhelming when you're just getting started. Let us help you and your team get the maximum benefit from your program by maintaining fidelity with the core elements of CIT.
You have been with us from the start in getting our CIT up and running, and I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. I’m not sure where we would be if you hadn’t been there with us at all these meetings to get this thing off the ground.
I know I also speak for Major Lane from the sheriff’s department in saying both agencies are very committed to this project, are very pleased with the work Sgt. Eichel and Sgt. Whipker are doing, and know their climb would have been much steeper without you!
You have our gratitude!"
Criminal Investigations Division
Columbus Police Department
Marianne Halbert, JD
Criminal Justice Director, NAMI Indiana
Marianne was part of Indianapolis' CIT steering committee for years when she was a public defender representing clients in mental health court. Since coming to NAMI Indiana in 2011, she has attended a Train-the-Trainer with Sam Cochran and his team regarding the verbal de-escalation/roleplay module for CIT, has been a Certified CIT Coordinator through CIT International since 2019, was certified by CIT International in their first "Train the Trainer" focused on the 40-hour curriculum in 2021, is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), is a certified QPR (suicide prevention) trainer and is a certified SIM (Sequential Intercept Model) Facilitator. Marianne has helped numerous local Indiana communities develop their own CIT programs.
Stephanie Quiring, JD, PhD
CIT Indiana Researcher
Stephanie Quiring received her Juris Doctorate from the Howard University School of Law and received her Ph.D from the Indiana University School of Social Work. Stephanie has spent over 15 years as an advocate, educator, and attorney on behalf of criminal defendants. Today her research is focused at the nexus of the criminal justice system and social service systems. She is immediately focused on the interaction between police and people in acute mental health crisis. Stephanie is a Indiana University lecturer and teaches a range of research, policy, and statistics courses. She is our CIT Indiana researcher, is a certified SIM (Sequential Intercept Model) Facilitator, and will help you assess the effectiveness and reach of your CIT program.
CIT is MUCH more than training
Let us help you!
The "T" in CIT stands for TEAM (not training). While the 40-hour training for law enforcement is important, it's only one of 10 Core Elements of CIT. Let us help you build a well-rounded program that will create positive systems change and sustainability. You do not have to do this alone!
Sequential Intercept Model
NAMI Indiana's SIM Mapping Network
NAMI Indiana's SIM Mapping Network
NAMI Indiana brought Policy Research Associates (PRA) to Indiana in January 2023, and for the first time, Indiana now has individuals certified to facilitate SIM mapping workshops in our state. View the SIM Application Readiness Overview and when you're ready, apply to request a SIM Mapping Workshop through NAMI Indiana's SIM Mapping Network.
The Sequential Intercept Model
The Sequential Intercept Model examines how individuals impacted by mental illness come into contact with and move through the criminal justice system. SIM mapping workshops help communities identify assets and gaps in their systems, and generate a strategic plan for improvement.
Get in touch today to learn more about the continuing education we provide. Our training topics include Mental Health Law/Involuntary Detentions; Mental Illness 101; Communication Skills and De-Escalation Techniques; "Hearing Distressing Voices" simulation; QPR - Question, Persuade, Refer (suicide prevention); Memphis Model Crisis Intervention Team Program Overview.