Wood River Valley Hispanic LatinUS Conversation on CIT


Our country is coming together to address the need for change nationwide.   And, here in the Wood River Valley we are also are focused on Equality, Equity, and Unity.  What will we do now?

As a start, please join the Hispanic Latin US committee for a showing of  Ernie & Joe. How are our law enforcement, nationally and locally, handling high-risk calls with individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis? And what if that person was Hispanic/Latino?  What is happening around the nation and locally, to mitigate these escalating situations?

This film highlights the invaluable role that the  Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)  plays in providing law enforcement and other first responders in the field, with skills and support to de-escalate challenges.  CIT’s create support and relationships for the most vulnerable populations in our community. They create and maintain safety, avoiding unneeded force during a crisis. Many of our Local Law Enforcement officers are already engaged in this model.  Please join us for an excerpt from this award-winning documentary and learn about CIT to support this movement in our own Valley!


WHO:             Hispanic Latin US Task Force, NAMI-WRV, Local Law Enforcement, Crisis Hotline & PROJECT  TOOLS.

WHEN:           Friday, July 10th, 11:30 am with KB’s lunch provided for the first 20 attendees, 12 pm a 27-minute clip of “Ernie & Joe” will be shown, 12:30 pm, a brief Q & A will follow with NAMI representatives and law enforcement regarding the CIT program.

WHERE:        Hop Porter Park, Hailey & Zoom Meeting ID: 874 4082 9238, Meeting Password: “table”, masks required.  The event will be capped at 20 people.  PleaseRSVP to Christina@namiwrv.org.

WHY:             This event is for everyone wanting to join the conversation on the safety and security of our community.  “It takes a village”, to create these necessary changes.  Please join us!


More about Ernie & Joe:

“Part of the San Antonio Police Department’s ten-person mental health unit, Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro, are putting compassionate policing practices into action. Ernie & Joe chronicles their daily encounters with people in crisis, showing how their innovative approach to policing – which takes mental health into account – is having a dramatic effect on the way police respond to these challenges.”


More about NAMI & CIT:

The lack of mental health crisis services across the U.S. has resulted in law enforcement officers serving as first responders to most crises. A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative, community-based approach to improve the outcomes of these encounters. In over 2,700 communities nationwide, CIT programs create connections between law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency services, and individuals with mental illness and their families. Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis, and ensures officer and community safety.

NAMI Affiliates and State Organizations have a long commitment to CIT and have helped expand CIT programs. Local NAMIs serve a key role in bringing together partners, advocating for needed services, cheering on progress, and ensuring the inclusion of people living with mental illness and their families.