NAMI Bucks Presented with The William H. Eastburn, III Award by the Bucks County Bar Association.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Pennsylvania, Bucks County Chapter (NAMI) was recently presented with The William H. Eastburn, III Award by the Bucks County Bar Association. This award recognizes a person or entity who has made significant contributions to the Bucks County system of justice. NAMI was honored for its overall service and advocacy in the area of mental health, with particular emphasis on its Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. In 2006, NAMI first brought the idea of CIT training to Bucks County’s Behavioral Health Department. With the help of County officials, mental health professionals, and local law enforcement officers, the program has grown since that time, with its seventeenth class graduating last fall. CIT training helps law enforcement and first responders to recognize and respond appropriately to individuals with mental illness. Officers learn how to de-escalate a crisis, resulting in fewer injuries to responding officers as well as the affected individuals and bystanders, and how to refer the individuals to appropriate treatment.