University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Psychiatry
Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy

National Research and Training Center (NRTC)


Crisis De-Escalation Training for Staff and Consumers in Inpatient and Other Service Delivery Settings

The goal of this project is to reduce seclusion and restraint among men and women inpatients with psychiatric disabilities, and to empower people in a variety of mental health settings to determine their own course of treatment during times of crisis.

Toolkit for Increasing Self-Determination through Advance Crisis Management in Inpatient and Community Settings (Download our Publications list for ordering information) This toolkit package is designed for administrators, supervisors, managers, service providers, and clients interested in developing procedures for advance crisis planning in psychiatric treatment settings. While it is intended for use in inpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs, and residential facilities, it can be adapted for psychosocial rehabilitation programs, community mental health centers, clubhouses, and any other acute or long-term mental health treatment settings in which people with psychiatric disabilities are served.

The toolkit contains three major training resources:


Jessica A. Jonikas, MA and Judith A. Cook, Ph.D.

The UIC CMHSRP is part of the ongoing Education and Research efforts of the UIC Department of Psychiatry

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