CIT International, Inc.


Award Categories
The person nominated needs to have demonstrated exceptional involvement with their CIT program; dedication and 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 people with mental illness lived experiences and families on a regular basis.  Their work highlights their outstanding dedication to the CIT program, CIT Services and advancing CIT as a community 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 (promoting support services after release) for people in jail who struggle and cope with mental illness, successful in utilizing 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 (extra attention supporting human contact as a life quality engagement) with inmates for additional support.  Their work highlights their outstanding dedication to the CIT program, CIT Services and advancing its success within Corrections.

People with mental illness lived experiences:  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.   A person who incorporates his/her knowledge and familiarity with systems and care issues; engages opportunities (as peer and/or friend) to assist others and always introduces CIT in conversations with others as a theme or calling of hope.    

CIT Coordinator (management level):  This can be someone from law enforcement or corrections that 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.   A CIT Coordinator engages at different levels supporting CIT as a “specialist” program – yes, training is important but this Coordinator works tenaciously to promote CIT beyond “just” training.    Not intimidated or shy promoting the CIT officer role as a “specialist.”     

Law Enforcement Agency Head (Sheriff or Police Chief):  A Sheriff, Chief or a member of the Law Enforcement Executive Staff who promotes sustainable Core Elements of the CIT Program while engaging, nurturing and supporting the CIT community partnerships.   Examples of active leadership in such roles that are worthy of notation.  This person must demonstrate ongoing active leadership to the sustainment of community partnerships and the CIT Program.   Encouraging and/or supporting advanced CIT efforts, for example   8-hour CIT Refresher (In-Service/Advance) Training.

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.

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 and/or promoting CIT as an engaging program that elevates the identity and ownership of CIT as a Community Program.    Always speaks boldly of issues specific to mental illness stigma (prejudice) and advocates for access to high quality care services for people who live, struggle and cope with mental illness. 

Telecommunications Personnel:   Telecommunication personnel serve within various layers of crisis emergency dispatch systems and are critical in support with operational components of CIT as a first crisis response model.   Task assignments often include Emergency Dispatch and/or Communication’s Call Taker service roles where CIT skills and services are needed (desired).  This person knows CIT and performs within necessary attributes that distinguishes C I “T” as a performance model complementing “Team” (T) -- More than just attending Training.     

PLEASE NOTE:  Award winners will be responsible for their own travel expenses

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