Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) has been awarded a contract under the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) VALOR Initiative: Law Enforcement and Community: Crisis Intervention Training Model program. In conjunction with BJA, PRA will provide communities with targeted training and technical assistance to implement BJA’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model.

PRA will work closely with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, CIT International, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness to assist six competitively selected communities over the course of this initiative. The six communities will receive a strategic planning session, develop an initial CIT implementation plan, and receive CIT model trainings and follow-up support. In addition, PRA will develop a CIT train-the-trainer curriculum, which will be delivered to the six communities.

The goal of the Law Enforcement and Community: Crisis Intervention Training Model project will be to improve interactions between law enforcement and individuals experiencing mental health crisis and to increase public safety. The VALOR Initiative will be directed by Chanson D. Noether, Program Area Director, and Travis Parker, Senior Project Associate II, at PRA. Learn more about the VALOR Initiative on BJA’s website.