The Implementation of Crisis Intervention Teams In-School Districts




Toliver, Max

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Law Enforcment Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)


Statistically, it is estimated that one in six United States youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year (NAMI, N.D.) School districts are faced with handling individuals daily who are in crisis. Implementing crisis intervention teams in school districts will ensure mentally ill students are not criminalized, support can be given to staff members, and community members can be educated. The rise of active shooter events in schools has also caused trauma to the student and staff involved. School districts should deploy an in-house crisis intervention team (CIT) in the event of a crisis to provide the proper care. Also, suicidal thoughts, depression/mood, and suicide attempts are the top three reasons youth visit the emergency department (Cloutier et al., 2010). Youth are facing tons of pressure, and school districts can meet them where they are and get them the help they need. By implementing crisis intervention teams in schools comprised of law enforcement, school officials, and mental health professionals’ students will be more likely to gain academic success. All school districts should implement a crisis intervention team to provide quality mental health services to persons with mental illness.



School Crisis Management, School Violence, School Security Measures