Thursday, Jul 31 2014
Criminal Justice Planning

Thomas Jefferson Area Community Criminal Justice Board (CCJB)

The Board’s mission is to enable participating localities to work together to develop community-based pretrial court services and post conviction alternatives to incarceration for misdemeanants and certain nonviolent felons.

The participating localities include Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Nelson County.

The Planner has been instrumental during FY2008 in:

• Coordinating he development of Crisis Intervention Team
• Developing “What Works” Evidence Based Practices for the Region

Major Projects:

THOMAS JEFFERSON AREA CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM (CIT):

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a well-documented and successful model of improving police interactions with people experiencing acute episodes of mental illness. The training is designed to educate and prepare police officers who come into contact with people in crisis, to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and to respond effectively and appropriately to the individual. The trained CIT Officer is skilled at recognizing and de-escalating crises involving people with acute episodes of mental illness, while bringing an element of understanding and compassion to these difficult situations.

The goal of the CIT program is to reduce unnecessary restraint and incarceration of people with mental illness and to provide individuals with appropriate treatment in the community.

EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICES:

A collaborative effort between Probation and Parole, OAR, and Region 10 Outpatient SA Services to create an organizational shift in policy, practice, and philosophy that reflects current and emerging research in the field of criminal justice. These agencies along with other local criminal justice leaders are exposing themselves to the latest national research, practices and processes. The process is to educate and explore collectively “How could we do what we do better.”

The goal is reduce long-term recidivism.

Thomas L. von Hemert
Criminal Justice Planner / CIT Coordinator

Thomas Jefferson Area Community Criminal Justice Board
Thomas Jefferson Area Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
750 Harris Street
Suite 207
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Office: (434) 296 - 2441 Ext: 117
FAX: (434) 979 - 4038