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Major Sam Cochran (ret.) Co-Chairman - Tennessee

Communities large and small are seeking to discover better and more efficient crisis response services. When changes are mandated, community collaborations and partnerships are critical deployment ventures to ensure success. Advocates have long asserted law enforcement personnel often do not understand and sometimes do not receive adequate mental health training. Within the hearts of many are desires and passions to move away and forward to new layers of crisis services beyond traditional pathways of the past. CIT is the new awakening – More Than Just Training...read more 

Randolph (Randy) Dupont, PhD Co-Chairman - Tennessee

Dr. Dupont is a professor and clinical psychologist at the University of Memphis School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He received his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. He previously served as the criminal justice department chair and earlier in his career directed the Memphis Regional Medical Center Psychiatric Emergency Services for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Dupont is best known for his work in the development of the Memphis Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Model and his on-going role in providing technical assistance to many of the 2800 CIT programs. read more

Thomas von Hemert,  President - Virginia

Thomas (Tom) von Hemert is the CIT Coordinator for the Thomas Jefferson Area CIT and has served in this role since 2006. Prior to assuming this position he was the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity (Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro) from 2004 through 2005. From 2000 through 2012, he served as the Criminal Justice Planner for the Thomas Jefferson Area Community Criminal Justice Board (CCJB). read more

Don Kamin, PhD - 1st Vice President - New York

Don Kamin, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who collaborates with law enforcement, mental health system representatives, and other community partners to address the needs of individuals with mental illness and their families through system reform and training initiatives.  As the Director of the Institute for Police, Mental Health and Community Collaboration, he is leading the effort to develop Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs across New York. Dr. Kamin is also the Senior Adviser on Mental Health and Criminal Justice for the Monroe County Office of Mental Health read more


Ron L. Bruno, 2nd Vice President - Utah

Ron Bruno is a certified Utah Law Enforcement Officer with over twenty years of experience. Ron began his law enforcement career with the Salt Lake City Police Department and continues as a reserve patrol officer with the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake. Ron has served in numerous assignments throughout his career and as an instructor to enhance the skills of fellow officers. read more


Major Darren Ivey - Treasurer - Missouri

Darren has been a Police Officer for the past 24 years and a Captain for the past four years. Having served  in several different assignments; the most meaningful of which has been the CIT Commander for the Kansas City (MO) Police Department, a position in which he served for the past four years. In that role he lead a well renowned program of over 500 trained CIT members. He is also the Co-Chair of the Mid-America CIT Council and involved with the Missouri State CIT Council read more


Lt. Richard E. Cavanaugh  - New Jersey

Lt. Richard E. Cavanaugh serves as a Bureau Commander in the Montclair Police Department. He holds a certificate in Civil Mediation, is an FBI trained Hostage Negotiator and is the CIT Law Enforcement Coordinator for Essex County, New Jersey. He is a member of the NJ State CIT committee, an Instructor for Essex County Public Safety Academy, and a CIT Class Instructor. As a NJ Freemason Past Master he was the Chairman of Fundraising and Scholarship Committee Olive Branch Lodge # 16. read more

Kurt Gawrisch, M.A. - Illinois

Officer Kurt Gawrisch is a sixteen year veteran with the Chicago Police Department and holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois.  Gawrisch is responsible for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program training for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and for the Critical Response Unit (CRU) in coordinating hospital linkage for high-risk mental health call outs. Prior to his career as a Chicago Police officer, he worked in a variety of medical and mental health settings. read more

Steve Miccio, New York

Steve Miccio is the CEO of Projects to Empower and Organize the Psychiatrically Labeled, Inc. (PEOPLe, Inc.) located in Poughkeepsie, NY. PEOPLe, Inc. is a peer operated advocacy and service organization serving people throughout New York State. Steve is a person with lived experience which has helped provide him with valuable insight in becoming one of the nation’s foremost experts in establishing and managing peer operated crisis diversion/respite services and has assisted in the creation of peer services in NY and across the United States and Europe. Steve is a Subject Matter expert for Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale (BRSS TACS) Policy Academy.  read more

Amy Watson, PhD - Illinois

Amy Watson, PhD is a professor at Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Crime Law & Justice. Professor Watson has worked extensively on issues involving the relationship between the criminal justice system and mental health systems, in Chicago and around the country. Her current research focuses on police encounters with persons with mental illnesses and the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model. Dr. Watson has published extensively on this work and presented findings to local, national and international audiences. read more

Pat Strode - Georgia

Since June 2006 Pat Strode has served as Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program Administrator for the Georgia Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Working in collaboration with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, she is responsible for the administration and coordination of the statewide Georgia Crisis Intervention Team Program. read more

John Wallschlaeger - Wisconsin

John is retired from the Appleton Police Department in 2015. Since that time he has worked as the PIO for the Menasha Police Department and does street outreach with The Homeless Connection in Appleton. read more

Sabina C. Taylor - Arizona

Detective Sabrina Taylor is the Crisis Intervention Team Training Coordinator (CIT) for the Phoenix Police Department and has been a police officer for 15 years. She served 5 years on the Los Angeles Police Department where she was introduced to the concept of community policing. Sabrina spent much of her time in patrol coordinating with the community action officer to reduce blight and improve the quality of the neighborhoods where she worked. Sabrina continued to focus on quality of life community improvements read more

Captain Wade Borcher - Kansas

Captain Wade Borchers started his law enforcement career in 1998 as a police officer with the Lenexa, Kansas Police Department.  As an officer he worked various assignments in the bike unit, criminal interdiction unit, and the field training unit.  In 2004 he was promoted to corporal and in 2005 joined the Department’s drug unit where he would work as an undercover detective for the next four years.  During this time, he taught narcotics at the Johnson County, Kansas Regional Police Academy. read more

Dr. Dara Rampersad - Arizona

Dr. Dara Rampersad is a licensed psychologist in both Arizona and Hawaii, and specializes in first responder crisis intervention. He is certified in Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) as a CIT Coordinator, and is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), and FBI- Crisis Negotiator Teams (CNT). In addition, Dr. Rampersad is licensed as a professional counselor in Arizona and Colorado, and is nationally board certified in counseling, with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. read more

Celebrating CIT...since 1988


CIT International aspires to be a leader in promoting safe and humane responses 

to those experiencing a mental health crisis


Promote community collaboration using the CIT Program to assist people living with

 mental illness and/or addiction who are in crisis

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