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Crisis Intervention Team
The Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) model was developed in1988 in Memphis, Tennessee, as a partnership between the police department, advocacy groups for people with mental illness, mental health treatment providers, and local universities. The goals of CIT were to train law enforcement officers to recognize when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, to enhance their verbal crisis de-escalation skills and to provide more streamlined access to community-based mental health services.

NAMI created the Multicultural Action Center in 2002 to focus attention on system reform to eliminate disparities in mental health care for diverse communities, ensure access to culturally competent services and treatment for all Americans and particularly to help and support people of diverse backgrounds who are affected by serious mental illness.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
NAMI Jeffco offers scholarships to people who wish to attend a WRAP course but need financial assistance to do so.   For more information on the scholarship and to apply for the scholarship contact Pam Haynes at

WRAP® works! It has been developed by a group of people who experience mental health and other health and lifestyle challenges. These people learned that they can identify what makes them well, and then use their own Wellness Tools to relieve difficult feelings and maintain wellness and a higher quality of life. The result has been recovery and long-term stability. Your WRAP® program is designed by you in practical, day-to-day terms, and holds the key to getting and staying well. It does not necessarily replace traditional treatments, but can be used as a compliment to any other treatment options you have chosen.

In developing your own WRAP® , you’ll identify the Wellness Tools that will most benefit you. You will learn how to use these tools when needed; every day, or when you have particular feelings or experiences. WRAP®will help you notice when things seem to be off balance in your life, and help you coordinate effective ways to get back to feeling your best. WRAP® planning also includes Crisis Planning, an Advance Directive that lets others know how you want them to respond when you cannot make decisions, take care of yourself, or keep yourself safe. You will also develop a Post Crisis plan to guide you through the often difficult time when you are healing from a crisis.

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