Comprehensive Criminal Justice (CCJ) Program
The CCJ Program is designed to utilize several types of evidence-based practices and peer programs to advance and support the system of care for those with mental illness inside the criminal justice system.
Reentry Supports (Closing the Revolving Door by Reducing Re-involvement)
When individuals with serious mental illnesses reenter the community from jail or prison, they face major challenges in accessing treatment, housing, employment and other necessary resources. NAMI offers:
- Certified Recovery Peer Specialist Services (Peer Support)
Care Coordination to assist and guide consumers through the system (i.e., housing, transportation, mental health services, legal criminal justice services, medications, employment and community resources).
- Peer Mentors offer a valuable perspective through lived experience from those who have “been there”. As a meaningful alternative to being released with little to no resources or guidance, offering peer support services is proven to: alleviate anxiety, promote self-sufficiency and well-being, reduce the likelihood of repeated need for crisis services and lower the risk of future arrests. When offered as an adjunct to the treatment of mental illness, the use of peer mentors as role models can offer promise to mental health consumers that recovery of a meaningful life as part of the community is possible.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training (Prevention/Diversion)
A CIT program is a model for community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and their families to improve responses to people in crisis. CIT programs enhance communication, identify mental health resources for assisting people in crisis and ensure that officers get the training and support that they need.