Indigenizing Crisis Intervention Teams In Indian Country
On April 16th 2014, we held a community conversation in Minneapolis regarding how we as a community can respond more effectively, and responsibly, to individuals who are suffering from crisis situation.
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Community Innovation Team Summit, April 27-29 in Rapid City, South Dakota

All are welcome.

Rapid City Community Conversations is hosting it’s second annual Community Innovation Team Summit, April 27-29 in Rapid City, South Dakota, on the 150th anniversary of the signing of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.   We will be exploring the possibilities for powerful innovations that will end the hurt, support recovery and wellness and a create a thriving future for all in the region centered on the Sacred Black Hills.   Please Join Us!

Friday, April 27   6:00-8:30 p.m.  Opening Invocation, Welcoming Reception, light snacks provided

Saturday, April 28  9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Opening Presentation, Youth and Adult Community Conversation, Indoor Portraits of Treaty Signer Decedents and Student/Youth Groups.   Buffet Breakfast and Buffet Lunch Provided.

Sunday, April 29   9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Youth and Adult Community Conversation, Commemoration of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, Outdoor Portraits of Treaty Signer Decedents and Student/Youth Groups.    Buffet Breakfast and Outdoor Dinner at Noon.   

Rapid City Civic Center, 444 North Mount Rushmore Road, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

For More Information Contact:   Bev Running Bear, 605-381-6763 or Mark Anderson, 612 801 8572

Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) Conference 10/26/17, Minneapolis, MN

Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Conference on October 26, 2017 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. More information Here.

Indigenizing Crisis Intervention Teams in Indian Country

With our Host Planning Teams in Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Rapid City and Minneapolis and with individuals in several other Indigenous communities around the country, the Barbara Schneider Foundation (BSF) is working to improve crisis response, prevent crisis, and to support recovery and wellness in  Indigenous communities.

Nationally, BSF provides de-escalation training in the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model, which promotes partnerships among the three core elements of Public Safety, Mental Health, and Community Advocacy. The training focuses on assisting individuals with mental illness and improving the safety of patrol officers and other responders, consumers, family members, and community members.

The nexus where the three core elements or circles of partnership overlap provides the vital space in which BSF conducts its four-part Community Conversations series – respectively titled Discovery, Dream, Design, and Destiny. Incorporating methods of Appreciative Inquiry dialogue into our CIT work, BSF facilitates dialogue about what gives life to human systems when they function at their best. It is based on the assumption that questions and dialogue about strengths, successes, values, hopes, and dreams are transformational. It suggests that successful human organizing and change is a relational process of inquiry.

These are examples of the Community Innovation Teams that have emerged from this process:

Cross Cultural Communication – Working to increase cultural understanding and shared community experiences between Natives and non-Natives.

Healing & Transformation – Working to bring diversity of approach and increased compassion to community wellness efforts.

Mitakuye Oyasin – Working to spread the concept that we are all related, that all humans, animals, plants, earth, and sky share this universe.

Technology – Working to keep our Community Conversation participants, teams and leaders connected, informed and engaged through email and social media.

Wasuyapi – Working to support efforts to reduce incarceration for non-violent offenders and to provide assistance for the Native community involved with law enforcement.

Here are some media links that help tell the story:

Lakota Nation Invitational Conversation

Rapid City Community Conversations Website

jan.19     Invitation to Pine Ridge Community Conversation

Rapid City Community Conversations Facebook Page

Community Conversation at Lakota Nation Invitational

facebook_1335700133Barbara Schneider Foundation was honored at the Lakota Nation Invitational in Rapid City, South Dakota, December 18, 2015 at the Rapid City Civic Center Arena floor before the Grand Entry for the evening.

On December 19 from 7:30 a.m. to noon, BSF hosted a breakfast and  Community Conversation with our Rapid City and Pine Ridge Host Planning Teams. Lakota Nation Invitational founder, Bryan Brewer, Rapid City Journal, News Center 1 TV, told the 39 year story of LNI.

Other speakers  discussed aspects of the history of Rapid City and the possibilities for the future. Read the full story.

Youth Crisis Actors Troupe

Youth actors now join our troupe of adult actors in bringing realism to de-escalation trainings for child and adolescent mental health, social service, health care and justice staff.   Actors are trained by BSF and bring their own insight of stress, trauma and mental illness to the characters they portray in the trainings.


BSF trains at Rosebud Sioux reservation

On June 2, July 21, and August 20, 2014, BSF provided trainings hosted by partners on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota.  These included facilitated CIT conversations for any and all those interested in discussing crisis related issues in their community and de-escalation trainings for first responders in health, education, justice and community.   As part of this partnership, BSF will waive the fee on 40 hour Memphis Model CIT training for Rosebud, RST, and Pine Ridge, OST, partners.
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BSF has been holding community conversations in Rapid City as well in response to the racist assault on children from American Horse School.   Here’s a link to the story on NC1.

Sherburne County Law Enforcement adopts County-wide De-escalation Training

After attending the BSF 40 hour CIT training, CIT coach training and CIT trainer class, officers from several Sherburne County, MN agencies began putting on one day CIT Mini-classes for all law enforcement, corrections and human service partners in their county.

These classes include 4 hours, 5 scenarios, of practical exercises with professional actors and CIT trained coaches in a small group setting. Also includes mental health overview, practical and effective de-escalation techniques review and discussion of local crisis and mental health resources. They find it to be a cost effective way to improve crisis response and strengthen collaborative partnerships throughout their county. Thanks Sherburne County for your leadership!

Left to right, front row: Officer Cindy Finch (Big Lake Police Dept.) Sgt. Kyle Wilson (Sherburne County Sheriff's Dept.) Sgt. Jason Lawson: (Becker Police Dept.).   Middle row: Deputy Michele Vlasak (Sherburne County Sheriff's Dept.) Mark Anderson (Barbara Schneider Foundation).  Back row: Detective Joe Gacke (Elk River Police Dept.) Sgt. Brian Boos (Elk River Police Dept.)

Left to right, front row: Officer Cindy Finch (Big Lake Police Dept.) Sgt. Kyle Wilson (Sherburne County Sheriff’s Dept.) Sgt. Jason Lawson: (Becker Police Dept.). Middle row: Deputy Michele Vlasak (Sherburne County Sheriff’s Dept.) Mark Anderson (Barbara Schneider Foundation). Back row: Detective Joe Gacke (Elk River Police Dept.) Sgt. Brian Boos (Elk River Police Dept.)

BSF, CIT Int’l & National Institute of Corrections Online Training

Major Sam Cochran consults with CIT Trainer, Deputy Chris Douglas, and CIT Training Actor, Dominic Kanaventi, who are both active in BSF’s CIT work. They provided a mental health de-escalation scenario for the NIC national online training for corrections. Charles Jensen, a Trauma and Recovery Specialist with BSF, had a major part in the planning and content of the training. View the training by going to the link on our training

BSF Partners with the Karen Community

The Karen community hosted a community training on mental wellness and de-escalation at their community center in St Paul, MN. Discussion focused on the impact of trauma, signs and symptoms of illness, the importance of community partnering with professionals in the response, and available resources

40 hour Memphis Model CIT Training

BSF Partners with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office to provide 40 hour Memphis model CIT training with a train the trainer model.   Classes are open enrollment each year in April and November.   See training page for details.   This class is also available in your community.