CIT International

2020 AWARD NOMINATIONS

Award Nomination Guidelines

The person submitting an Award Nominee must diligently follow   guidelines of this Awards Nomination Process, as noted and/or outlined throughout this document (the entire document).

Each Award Category is different and NOT every suggested “Attribute” (below) may be fitting examples of the person (nominee).    Never-the-less, including at least one of the suggested attributes (below) helps to give notice that the nominee is worthy of his/her service and commitment to CIT.

Nominee Attributes:  

Ø  Demonstrated exceptional involvement within their CIT Program

Ø  Demonstrated exemplary dedication and/or Support to their Community CIT Program

Ø  Demonstrated exemplary dedication and/or Support sustaining their Community CIT Program

Ø  Demonstration of specific CIT performance(s) that illustrates CIT training skills with leadership qualities (effective performance).

Ø  Demonstration of specific CIT qualities during 911 crisis call events that distinguishes performance characteristics worthy and suited of receiving a prestigious award.

Ø  CIT is MORE Than Just Training – How does the nominee demonstrate and/or reflect this thought?

Ø  CIT Attributes are sometimes unique and/or different – how does the nominee uniquely demonstrate dedication (engagement) and commitment to CIT and to this award? 

Additional Guidelines and Rules: 

1.     Each Nominee can only be nominated in ONE Award Category

2.     Each Nominee must be attached to or involved with a CIT Program.   

3.     Have someone read your material with the following items in mind:

a.  Is the text clear and concise?

b.  Does the message context capture an above suggested attribute(s)

c.  Is your narrative within the given “word count”? (500 word limit)


Award Categories - Review the above CIT Nominee “Attributes” as part of information supporting these categories

CIT First Responder (officer, deputy, EMS, etc.):  This is a CIT first responder who demonstrates continuous use of exemplary 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/or 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 exemplary 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 Executive:  This person may be a Sheriff, Chief or a member of the Law Enforcement Executive Staff who actively supports the CIT program in their community. This person must demonstrate their support of the Core Elements of the CIT Program as well as a commitment to community partnerships. This person may be instrumental in driving the creation of a new program or they could be instrumental in maintaining a vibrant, existing program including the incorporation of refresher training and other advanced efforts.

Behavioral Healthcare Practitioner:  This person demonstrates exemplary, 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 exemplary active involvement with their CIT program. They must 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.  This person 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:  This person may be a dispatcher or call taker that who demonstrates continuous use of exemplary CIT knowledge and skills.  Some examples of this may include:  successful use of telephonic de-escalation skills, knowledge and referrals to community resources, regular and continuous contact with the mental health community, following up after CIT calls, and/or 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.

Crisis Intervention TEAM: This multi-disciplinary team of individuals must include 3 or more of the following: law enforcement, mental health professionals, persons with lived experiences, advocates, and other partners and/or stakeholders. Teams put forward for nomination should have a partnership with their community’s CIT program, whose purpose and collaboration are based on the mission of CIT. Through exemplary teamwork they demonstrate some of the following characteristics: successful interventions related to safety and jail diversion, coordination of (data collection and sharing, services, programming, training, etc.) practices and/or initiatives that are aligned with the core elements of a CIT program. Collectively they work towards having an effective, system-wide approach that meets the needs of individuals with mental illnesses.

PLEASE NOTE:  Award winners will receive a complimentary conference registration however, they will be responsible for their own travel expenses

To nominate someone:  CLICK HERE

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  MAY 31, 2020

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