The CRISIS Initiative
Connection to Recovery through Intervention, Support & Initiating Services
Troop E Montville Pilot Program
Started May in 2017
To develop a collaborative team approach between the CT State Police, the Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services and to establish procedures for referring and handling of incidents involving individuals with heroin/opioid and other addiction disorders, mental health conditions and other crisis incidents.
To establish guidelines and protocols for the Connecticut State Police working with Southeastern Mental Health Authority, and other substance abuse and mental health organization.s.
To collaborate with a multi-disciplinary group of professionals within a community coming together and establishing partnerships designed to address the critical issues of identifying and referring individuals with heroin/opioid disorders, other addiction and mental health conditions.
Provides a Licensed Clinician Social Worker (LCSW) co-located with CSP. `
Clients working with the LCSW are provided a path into the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) System for navigating towards recovery
Provides Troopers/Dispatchers with tools, to safely and effectively perform CRISIS duties
Mental Health and Addiction CRISIS response is immediate
Provides communities with a healthier quality of life
–Community Trust Building
–Enhances Community Policing through “Patrol Outreach”
Based on the Memphis, TN. CIT program: Responses to same location will be minimized
–Reduced utilization of manpower
–Reduces consumption of resources i.e. Narcan
–Reduces use-of-force during CRISIS events by utilizing de-escalation techniques
–Provides a path into the DMHAS System for those seeking help
Over 553 referrals so far to date (as of May 2020).
With an additional 479 clinician follow up contacts, this has made a positive impact with the clients and the families members involved.