3800 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60613
Intervention Teams: Safety & Success Outside the Envelope of Normal
Lt. Murphy's presentation will begin
with answering the question, "What is CIT?" and "Why is it so vitally important
to law enforcement?" Lt. Murphy was a pioneer in developing CIT
programs and is a nationally recognized expert.
CIT provides law enforcement the necessary foundation for recognizing
the behavioral indicators of mental illness or impairment and the
skills needed to respond safely and appropriately. Whether it is a
military veteran suffering from TBI or PTSD, a disoriented elder possibly
suffering from a form of dementia or a person with bipolar disorder in
need of medication, when the behavior that invited police intervention is
resulting from a mental disorder, special vulnerabilities exist for both
the police and the troubled person. CIT addresses the unique risks and
methodology essential for safe, ethical and compassionate
resolution. Lt Murphy's presentation will provide a basic overview and
highlight CIT's future focus on specific population groups.
A 40 year veteran
of the Chicago Police Department, Lt. Murphy has seen first hand the triumphs
and tribulations faced by police officers.
Working his way up through the ranks to Watch Commander of the Englewood
District on the south side of Chicago, and then to the Research and Development
branch of central administration for the Chicago Police Department, Lt. Murphy
is intimately familiar with all aspects of police work. For ten years, he was the Disabilities
Liaison as well as CIT Coordinator for the Chicago Police Department.
As a parent of a
young man living with mental illness, he has faced the personal struggles of
dealing with mental illness in his own family.
Seven years ago, Lt. Murphy and his wife, Donna, took the Family to
Family Education Course and transformed the way that they both dealt with
mental illness personally and professionally.
lobbied for and was appointed the Chicago Police Department's liaison to the
Chicago Metro Area Mental Health Planning Council and its Subcommittee on Police
Education. He brought the 'fire in his
belly' to this subcommittee and is responsible for a major revision and
expansion of the mental health training curriculum for recruits at the Chicago Police Academy. After the revision of the existing 5 hour program,
Lt. Murphy succeeded in obtaining approval for a 4-hour expansion block of
training for all recruits which has been taught on a once a month basis since
June of 2002. This recruit training
program is jointly taught by Lt. Murphy, family members, consumers, and staff
of NAMI of Greater Chicago, and mental health professionals from the Illinois
Division of Mental Health.
success of this 3-hour block of training and Lt. Murphy's persistent lobbying
of key persons both within and outside the Chicago Police Department lead to
approval for the initiation of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for
experienced police officers. After a
thorough review of existing CIT curricula, Lt. Murphy gathered a team of mental
health professionals, consumers and family members to help craft an effective
40-hour CIT training curriculum. This CIT training was launched in October of
2004 making Chicago
the largest urban area in the country with a CIT program in place for its
officers. In April, 2007, The Chicago Police Department's Crisis Intervention
Team was given the President's Award by the United States Psychiatric
Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) and The Illinois Governor's Award for
Excellence in Law Enforcement Education. In August, 2007, Lt. Murphy was named
CIT Coordinator of the Year at the Third National CIT Conference in Memphis.
of CIT training for the Chicago Police Department also led to the involvement
of the department in the launching of one of the first felony Mental Health
Courts in the United States in April 2004.
CIT officers provide an effective means of intervention with mental
health court clients and judges, case managers and treatment providers,
ensuring client treatment compliance.
success of the Cook County Mental Health Court led to a $1.2 million dollar
SAMHSA grant in September 2005, which provides for significant expansion of the
Mental Health Court and CIT Training for an additional 500 Chicago Police
Officers. The Community Reintegration
Collaborative (CRC) involves The Cook County Circuit Court, the States
Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, the Cook County Mental Health
Probation Unit, Cermak Hospital Cook County Jail,
TASC, Thresholds, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Chicago Police
Department, working together to develop effective treatment alternatives to
incarceration. This unique collaboration
has been recommended by Charles Curry, Executive Director of SAMSHA, as a model
for the country.
In 2009, Lt.
Murphy spearheaded the development of two advanced CIT training courses, CIT
for Veterans in Crisis, and CIT for Youth in Crisis. Funded by grants from SAMHSA and BJA, these
advanced training modules are the first of their kind in the United States.
Mr. Murphy is a
member of the Board of Directors of CIT International, Thresholds, and Vice
President of NAMI of greater Chicago.
Through his company, MH Consultants, Inc. he continues to teach mental
health crisis intervention skills to law enforcement and corrections officers
for the Cook County Sheriff's Police and conducts CIT training for law
enforcement agencies across the country.