Crisis Intervention Teams have shown effectiveness in decreasing the number of mental health related arrests while increasing public safety. To support communities in creating and evaluating their own crisis intervention teams, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has published a new report titled, Crisis Intervention Team Methods for Using Data to Inform Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide and is available for free to download. It provides a road map to help communities create a system for effective data collection and review. Once the data is collected, communities can understand the effectiveness of their crisis intervention program and discover any gaps where improvements may be needed. Learn more about using this tool and its benefits on the SAMHSA blog.
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