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Pat Strode

CIT International- reaching around the globe to spread the word about the benefits of having a robust crisis response systems.

CIT International Board member Don Kamin (New York) and past Secretary Pat Strode (Georgia) are in the Country of Liberia helping to facilitate a CIT trainer course at the Liberian National Police Training Academy in Monrovia. 

Leah Dunbar

Carole D. Ballard

Jenna Mehnert

CIT International Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors

CIT International is excited to announce the appointment of three new members to the Board of Directors, Carole Ballard of Ohio, Jenna Mehnert of Maine, and Leah Dunbar of Ontario, Canada. These new directors bring energy, talent and expertise to the working board of CIT International.

Carole Ballard is the Director of Training and Education for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board in Cleveland. She has been a CIT Program Coordinator for over 13 years and has been a member of the CIT Statewide Coalition for the past 12 years.  She brings knowledge and experience in working with diverse populations in the community. As an African American, she brings a unique perspective on current challenges specifically within the African American community and its relationship with law enforcement.

Leah Dunbar is a Project Manager/ Supervisor at the Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto.  She is an active member on the Ontario Provincial Community Crisis Response Models Committee and works directly with the Canadian Mental Health Association; Leah joins the Board as the first director from outside of the United States. This gives her a unique position to help mentor other countries to become CIT International Ambassador’s.

Jenna Mehnert is the CEO of NAMI Maine. As a social worker, an advocate, an agency executive, a policy advocate, and a grant writer- she has  worked to advance CIT in several jurisdictions both inside and outside of Maine She received a 2016 Alkermes Inspiration Grant focused on Police Officer Mental Wellness and as part of that effort passed presumptive eligibility for first responders diagnosed with PTSD. Recently, Ms. Mehnert received funding to create a gender-responsive model of CIT for corrections/probation staff working with women in crisis.

Carole, Jenna and Leah join the existing 15 directors: Major Sam Cochran, Dr. Randy Dupont, Tom von Hemert, Dr. Don Kamin, Ron Bruno, Dr. Amy Watson, Officer Kurt Gawrish, Steve Micco, Major Darren Ivey, Dr. Dara Rampersad, Retired Sergeant John Wallschlaeger, Detective Sabrina Taylor and Captain Wade Borchers, Carol Speed and Habsi Kaba to complete the 2020 Board of Directors. 

CIT International wishes to thank Pat Strode for her countless hours as a board member and volunteer. Pat has served out her two-term limit and will continue to volunteer for the organization as the chair of the Membership Committee along with participating in several other committees.

To read more on the Board please visit our  Leadership page

November 13, 2019  new partnership announced.

CIT International and the Police Treatment and Community Collaborative (PTACC) announced today a partnership to develop strategies to bridge CIT initiatives, SUD deflection and diversion initiatives. Moving forward we will work with PTACC partners to develop resource materials for communities working to address both mental health and substance use disorders, develop comprehensive behavioral health crisis response and treatment services and deflect individuals away from the criminal justice system.

Pictured below is Dr. Amy Watson (CIT International Board member) and Jac Charlier  (co-founder of the Police, Treatment and Community (PTAC) Collaborative.) 

CIT International Board member Detective Sabrina Taylor (Phoenix, AZ) participated on a panel discussing the new documentary Ernie & Joe. The documentary follows two San Antonio police officers working to divert individuals with mental illnesses to treatment. The panel followed a screening at the Loft Film Festival in Tucson, AZ on November 12, 2019. The film’s broadcast premier on HBO is scheduled for November 19, 2019.

Pictured below left to right are Sgt Jason Winsky with Tucson CIT and the founder of their MHST Team, Judy with NAMI southern AZ, and Sabrina Taylor.


Former CIT International Board Member Dr Michael Compton and current Board Member Dr Amy Watson in the latest research papers:

A Call to Embrace Our Role at "Intercept 0". (Psychiatry Online)

What Research on Crisis Intervention Teams Tells Us and What We Need To Ask.pdf

The Serving Safely literature review and accompanying fact sheet are now available on the Vera website. Two of the three authors are current or former board members. CIT International is honored to play an intricate role in these publications. 

  You can find the publications here:

Board members, Detective Sabrina Taylor and Captain Wade Borchers, represent at the 2019 IACP Conference in Chicago, Illinois. 

Click HERE to watch IACPtv's video of CIT Best Practices

Ron Bruno and Dr. Amy Watson in Scotland explaining the Crisis Intervention Team model to improve police response to mental health crisis.   @scleph #Leph2019 

Dr. Amy Watson, CIT International Treasurer and internationally recognized CIT researcher presents at The Mental Health and Distress in the Emergency Department International Summit in Edinburgh Scotland during the Law Enforcement Public Health Conference.

    #MHED2019 #LEPH #CITInternational

World Mental Health Day - 10 October

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.


Crisis Now 2019 Global Conference

2019 Crisis Now Summit

60 leaders from nine countries gathered in Washington, DC to develop an international declaration for better mental health crisis care as part of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) conference.     

Five members of the CITI BOD participated: Tom von Hemert, Ron Bruno, Sabrina Taylor, Amy Watson and Steve Miccio participated.

2nd Crisis Now Global Summit - IIMHL Washington DC 2019

CIT International Board member, Detective Sabrina Talyor, discusses community collaboration in interview on NPR member station KJZZ 91.5:

Phoenix Police Crisis Intervention Team Trainer Aims To 'Build Empathy' For Mental Health Issues Listen to interview

By Lauren Gilger

2nd Vice President Ron Bruno quoted by KSL News

CIT International at work:

2nd Vice President Ron Bruno addresses SAMHSA GAINS Center Criminal Justice Symposium

December 14, 2018

CIT International Board Members at work in Huntsville: 

WHNT9 News: Law enforcement participating in Crisis Intervention Team training programs

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