Crisis intervention team officer dispatch, assessment, and disposition: Interactions with individuals with severe mental illness.

Title

Crisis intervention team officer dispatch, assessment, and disposition: Interactions with individuals with severe mental illness.

Creator

Ritter Christian; Teller Jennifer L S; Marcussen Kristen; Munetz Mark R; Teasdale Brent

Publisher

International journal of law and psychiatry

Date

2011
2011-02

Description

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model is a specialized police response program for people in a mental illness crisis. We analyzed 2174 CIT officers' reports from one community, which were completed during a five year period. These officers' reports described interactions with people presumed to be in a mental illness crisis. We used hierarchical logistic and multinomial regression analyses to compare transport to treatment to either transport to jail or no transport by how the calls were dispatched. The results revealed that both dispatch codes and officers' on-scene assessments influenced transport decisions. Specifically, calls dispatched as suspected suicide were more likely to be transported to treatment than calls dispatched as mental disturbance. Furthermore, calls dispatched as calls for assistance, disturbance, suspicious person, assault, suspicion of a crime, and to meet a citizen were all less likely than mental disturbance calls to result in transportation to treatment. Officer assessments of the use of substances, being off medications, signs and symptoms of mental or physical illness, and violence to self or others were associated with the likelihood of being transported to treatment. These results build on previous work that demonstrated differences in transport decisions between CIT trained and non-CIT trained officers.

Subject

*Coercion; *Mental Disorders; *Police; *Severity of Illness Index; 80 and over; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Crisis Intervention/*organization & administration; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Occupational Exposure; Young Adult

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

30–38

Issue

1

Volume

34

Citation

Ritter Christian; Teller Jennifer L S; Marcussen Kristen; Munetz Mark R; Teasdale Brent, “Crisis intervention team officer dispatch, assessment, and disposition: Interactions with individuals with severe mental illness.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed March 8, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/3604.

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