An Agenda for Advancing Research on Crisis Intervention Teams for Mental Health Emergencies

Psychiatric Services Vol. 65 Iss. 4 (2014) p. 530 - 536

7 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2020 Last revised: 26 Jun 2020

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Amanda Brown Cross

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Edward P. Mulvey

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Carol A. Schubert

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Patricia A. Griffin

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Sarah Filone

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Katy Winckworth-Prejsnar

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David DeMatteo

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Kirk Heilbrun

Drexel University

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

The popularity of crisis intervention teams (CITs) for law enforcement agencies has grown dramatically over the past decade. Law enforcement agencies and advocates for individuals with mental illness view the model as a clear improvement in the way the criminal justice system handles individuals with mental illness. There is, however, only limited empirical support for the perceived effectiveness of CITs. This Open Forum analyzes research needs in this area and offers recommendations. Two major gaps in CIT research are identified: verifying that changes in officers’ attitudes and skills translate into behavioral change and determining how criminal justice–mental health partnerships affect officers’ behavior. Research addressing these gaps could help set benchmarks of success and identify evidence-based practices for CIT, substantially increasing the empirical base of support for CIT.

Keywords: Crisis Intervention Teams, Mental Illness, Criminal Justice

Suggested Citation

Brown Cross, Amanda and Mulvey, Edward P. and Schubert, Carol A. and Griffin, Patricia A. and Filone, Sarah and Winckworth-Prejsnar, Katy and DeMatteo, David and Heilbrun, Kirk, An Agenda for Advancing Research on Crisis Intervention Teams for Mental Health Emergencies (2014). Psychiatric Services Vol. 65 Iss. 4 (2014) p. 530 - 536 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3605797

Amanda Brown Cross

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Edward P. Mulvey

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Carol A. Schubert

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Patricia A. Griffin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sarah Filone

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Katy Winckworth-Prejsnar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

David DeMatteo (Contact Author)

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Kirk Heilbrun

Drexel University ( email )

3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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