Lieutenant Michael S. Woody, Retired President CIT International Board of Directors
Lt. Michael S. Woody, President of the Board of Directors of CIT International, currently serves as the Law Enforcement Liaison to the Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence. He retired from the Akron Police Department after serving 25 years. He spent the last 4 years of his career as the Director of Training (this was a good fit since in his previous life he was a high school teacher).
Lt. Woody is credited with helping start the first CIT program in Ohio in 2000 and as the State of Ohio CIT Coordinator helped spread CIT to almost every county in Ohio. He also helped organize the very first CIT national conference, which was held in Columbus, Ohio in 2005. This led to the birth of the CIT National (now CIT International) Organization. He was elected as the first president of CIT National/International and currently holds this position.
Lt. Woody also currently sits on an Ohio Attorney General’s Task Force that is looking at the way the criminal justice system interacts with the mentally ill. He is the chairman of a subcommittee of the Task Force titled: “Police Training”. This committee is committed to ensuring that all of Ohio’s police officers get more training in how to deal with the mentally ill in crisis.
Lt. Woody received national recognition as an advisor to “The President’s Commission on Mental Health” formed by President Bush and headed by Michael Hogan, the Director of The Ohio Department of Mental Health. Lt. Woody was summoned to Washington D.C. for his expertise in adult educational curriculum modules being proposed for the cross-training of agencies associated with substance abuse, criminal justice, mental health, and services that can be integrated for persons with co-occurring disorders.
Among his other awards, Lt. Woody has received the Major Sam Cochran Compassion in Law Enforcement National Award, the Summit County MHA Heart of Gold Award, the Ohio Dept of Mental Health Forensic Leadership Award, the NAMI Summit County Heroes Make a Difference Award, and the Summit County ADM Board Trailblazer Award.