May 25, 2016 

NAMI Arkansas is pleased to provide the link to the blog and report to you today from NAMI regarding Police Officer Mental Health and a report Preparing for the Unimaginable: How chiefs can safeguard officer mental health before and after mass casualty events here 

I am proud to tell you the CIT committee who brought the most recent Crisis Intervention Teams training to Arkansas in Pulaski County to LRPD, NLRPD and PCSO understood the issue of the stress officers face and the CIT committee incorporated a session on this topic.  The CIT committee members were a group of dedicated individuals from the following organizations:

NAMI Arkansas
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
North Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas State Hospital
Inspiration Day Treatment
Little Rock Police Department
Little Rock Community Mental Health Center
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office
Professional Counseling Associates
Centers for Youth and Families

Bringing CIT to all of Arkansas would take funds for training and funds for services for crisis programs and crisis centers, however funds spent in this way would result in treatment, not punishment.  CIT has been shown to reduce incidents of injury to officers and to individuals who have serious mental illness.  Individuals with mental illness would be engaged in treatment.

The blog is short and the report is rather long, but oh, so valuable.

Yours in advocacy,
Kim Arnold, Executive Director
NAMI Arkansas