Urban Institute
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Urban Institute
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Rayanne Hawkins
Urban Institute
Business Operations Manager
Urban Institute
Research Analyst

Pay for Success and the Crisis Intervention Team Model

Insights from the PFS-CIT Learning Community
November 14, 2017 - 10:49am

Policymakers and community stakeholders across the United States are increasingly recognizing the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model as a valuable approach for improving law enforcement interactions with people with mental health issues. While initial costs of implementing CIT models are low, creative solutions are needed to fund longer-term enhancements. Pay for success (PFS) has strong potential as a means of funding the components that will allow CIT models to achieve their full potential. This brief introduces readers to PFS and CIT; explains that a shared focus on outcomes, as oppose to outputs, makes CIT and PFS a strong combination; and provides stakeholders with information about what a PFS-funded CIT program could look like. 

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