mental health


While Indiana is ahead of the curve when it comes to juvenile justice reform, a new study in the American Journal of Public Health indicates there remains room for improvement.

As part of the study, the stays of more than 25,000 juveniles were examined. Indiana is one of only two states that have implemented mental health screenings in juvenile detention centers.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Crisis Intervention Teams, known as CIT programs, exist in several cities, including Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.  CIT officers are trained to identify the mentally ill and help determine the best way to deal with them – which often includes transporting them to a hospital, instead of jail.

Fort Wayne police officer Tony Maze is the head of the traffic division and a CIT member.  He says Fort Wayne CIT officers are specifically trained not to arrest people for minor crimes if the officers believe the offender has a mental illness.