The person nominated needs to have demonstrated exceptional involvement with their CIT program; dedication and/ or support of the development of CIT and its sustainment or in the ongoing use of the CIT skills in responding to calls.
CIT First Responder (officer/deputy): This is a CIT officer/deputy who demonstrates continuous use of CIT knowledge and skills. Some examples of this may include: successful use of de-escalation skills, knowledge and referrals to community resources, regularly volunteering for CIT calls, regular and continuous contact with the mental health community, following up after CIT calls and showing compassion to consumers and families on a regular basis. Their work highlights their outstanding dedication to the CIT program, CIT Services and advancing its success.
Corrections Officer: This is a CIT Corrections Officer who demonstrates continuous use of CIT knowledge and skills. Some examples of this may include: Demonstrating and promoting CIT skills and strategies to encourage hope for people in jail who struggle and cope with mental illness, successful use of de-escalation skills, demonstrated attributes of CIT leadership and initiated efforts to increase teamwork with mental health and medical staff within corrections and doing follow-up services with inmates for additional support. Their work highlights their outstanding dedication to the CIT program, CIT Services and advancing its success within Corrections.
Consumer: This is a person who lives with mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorders who is actively involved with CIT as a community program – from promoting, planning, participating in the training, assisting with implementation or with ongoing sustainability efforts.
CIT Coordinator (management level): This can be someone from law enforcement or corrections and oversees their CIT program or a mental health provider or advocate who is a strong leader for their community CIT program. This person must demonstrate their leadership in organizing their CIT program, ensuring there is a community steering committee, and using their leadership abilities to help grow and sustain CIT as a community program.
Law Enforcement Agency Head (Sheriff or Police Chief): A Sheriff, Chief or a member of the Law Enforcement Executive Staff who promote sustainable Core Elements of the CIT Program while engaging, nurturing and supporting the CIT community partnerships. Examples of active leadership to such roles is worthy of notation. This person must demonstrate ongoing active leadership to the sustainment of community partnerships and their CIT Program.
Behavioral Healthcare Practitioner: This person demonstrates ongoing commitment to being actively involved with CIT community partnerships and works to improve access to services within their own system or with the community mental health system.
Family Member/Advocate: This can be a family member or other community advocate who demonstrates active involvement with their CIT program, who may have been instrumental in getting CIT started in their community, or who has helped make improvements with access to mental health services through CIT.
PLEASE NOTE: Award winners will be responsible for their own travel expenses
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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 30, 2017