2021 AWARD NOMINATIONS
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 30, 2021
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). CIT Attributes are sometimes unique. Think about how the nominee uniquely demonstrates dedication, engagement and commitment to CIT and to this award.
Each Award Category is different and NOT every suggested “Attribute” (below) may be fitting examples of the person (nominee). Nevertheless, including at least one of the suggested attributes (below) help to demonstrate the nominee is worthy of his/her service and commitment to CIT.
⮚ Exemplifies the essence of CIT, its philosophy, principles, and best practices.
⮚ Demonstrates exemplary commitment and dedication to their CIT Program.
⮚ Demonstrates effective leadership qualities that promote collaboration towards a vibrant and accessible crisis response system.
Guidelines for Nominee Considerations:
1. Each Nominee must only be nominated in ONE Award Category.
2. Each Nominee must be actively involved with a CIT Program.
3. It is recommended that someone review your nomination description with the following points in mind:
⮚ Is the description narrative clear and concise?
⮚ Does the message context capture the above suggested attribute(s)?
⮚ Is your description narrative within the given “word count” (800 words maximum)?
CIT First Responder (officer, deputy, EMS, etc.) of the Year: 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 towards people with mental illness lived experiences and families. Their work highlights outstanding dedication to the CIT program, CIT Services and advancing CIT as a successful community program.
The Fred Frese Person with Lived Experiences of the Year: 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. Promoting, planning, participating in CIT training, assisting with implementation or with ongoing sustainability efforts. This is a person who incorporates his/her knowledge and familiarity with healthcare system challenges; engages in opportunities (as peer and/or friend) to assist others and consistently introduces CIT as a theme or calling for hope.
CIT Corrections Officer of the Year: 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 individuals in jail who struggle with mental illness. Successful in utilizing de-escalation skills
, demonstrating attributes of CIT leadership, initiating efforts to increase a team approach 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.
CIT Law Enforcement Executive of the Year: 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 CIT International’s best practices, including a commitment to developing and sustaining 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.
CIT Behavioral Healthcare Practitioner of the Year: This person exemplifies their ongoing commitment to improving and expanding the collaboration between law enforcement and mental health by creating and maintaining access to care within their agency and system of care.
CIT Advocate of the Year: This person demonstrates through word, action and deed their commitment and dedication to the CIT Program in their community by advocating, promoting, and educating policy makers, elected officials, and others in order to improve behavioral health services in their community.
CIT Crisis Specialist of the Year: This person may be a dispatcher, call taker or crisis specialist 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.
The Michael Woody / Michele Saunders CIT Coordinator (management level) of the Year: This person is an effective leader who manages and/or oversees a CIT program. They may be a volunteer, advocate, professional, or first responder, as champions are found throughout the community. This person must demonstrate their commitment to CIT International’s best practices, using their leadership abilities to help grow and sustain CIT as a community program. A coordinator engages at the agency, regional, or state level and works tenaciously to advocate for adherence to the evidence-based principals of CIT while creatively adapting to the specific requirements of their population. Their work highlights their outstanding dedication to the CIT program, CIT Services and advancing CIT as a community success.
PLEASE NOTE: Award winners will receive a complimentary conference registration however, they will be responsible for their own travel expenses
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 30, 2021