Corrections Crisis Response Team (CCRT)
CCRT (Correctional Crisis Resolution Training) is a program designed to improve the outcomes of Correctional Officer and Probation and Parole Officer interactions with people in crisis who also have a mental illness. It is collaboration between the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC), Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS), Oklahoma City Police Department, Midwest City Police Department, NAMI-Oklahoma, consumers and their families, and community mental health providers.
The proportion of persons with mental illness under the custody, care and supervision of the DOC has dramatically increased over the past decade. Specialized training is needed to equip staff with the knowledge and communication tools necessary to safely and effectively manage this population. A model of crisis intervention training used by law enforcement agencies within communities across the nation is being tailored for use with criminal justice populations.
It is the hopes of the ODMHSAS and the DOC to employ evidence-based crisis intervention training tailored to the needs of institutional and community-based staff within the DOC. It is anticipated that implementation of this model will increase the safety of staff and offenders who have a mental illness by decreasing the occurrence of misconduct, serious incidents, assaults and parole revocations.
Benefits of CCRT Training for DOC employees:
- An increased level of confidence in recognizing and responding to people diagnosed with a mental illness
- Able to safely and compassionately respond to people in crisis
- Gives officers options in situations involving people in crisis
- Applicable to every area of their lives
- An increased comfort in discussing mental illness – reduced stigma
Director of Jail Diversion and Specialized Programs
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
1200 NE 13th Street
PO Box 53277
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-3277
405-522-3908 405-522-3851 TDD 405-522-3650 Fax
Toll-Free, 24 Hours 1-800-522-9054
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Last Updated 02/26/13
Last Modified on 02/26/2013