2022 New Board Members

Meet the 2021 CIT International Award Winners

The CIT International congratulates the 2021 award winners!

2021 Award Winners

CIT International 1st Vice President Don Kamin (R) is in Huntsville, Alabama this week with Dan Abreu of Policy Research Associates (PRA). CIT International and PRA collaborated (along with NAMI National and IACP) to refine and pilot the Bureau of Justice Assistance VALOR CIT Training Curriculum in four sites (Huntsville, Alamogordo, NM, St. Tammany, LA, and Honolulu).

Included in the BJA-funded program was an initial strategic planning session (including Sequential Intercept Mapping), delivery of CIT Training, and conducting a CIT train-the-trainer program. The last phase of the project includes observing and providing feedback about the first CIT training conducted by the local sites – which is what Don and Dan are doing this week.

Wade Borchers, CIT International's Board Member, and CIT officers from the Lenexa Police Department (located in Kansas) serve meals to families. 

Strengthening Families is a program sponsored by Johnson County Mental Health. It is for parents and children who benefit from extra support. Lenexa Police Department is one of the partners and some of the officers have assisted as facilitators.  Before each session there is a family dinner.  

To read more on this program CLICK HERE.

From left to right:  Captain Wade Borchers, Officer Rich Sanchez, Officer Christine Reglin, and Officer Kait Sanders.

Thank you to the 2019 Executive Committee

CIT International wishes to thank Pat Strode and Ron Bruno for their time on the Executive Committee. Pat for her service on the board since 2013 and as Secretary on the Executive Committee for the past two years. We wish her the best of luck as she has timed off the Board, but are extremely thrilled that she will continue to serve on several committees and continue to chair the Membership Committee.

Ron, as a founding Board Member and for his time spent as the 2nd Vice President from 2016 to 2020. Ron continues to serve on several committees including Human Resources, CIT Programs and Training, Governance, Public Policy, and several Conference Committees.

From left to right:  
Tom von Hemert, Don Kamin, Ron Bruno, Amy Watson and Pat Strode

CIT International

reaching around the globe to spread the word about the benefits of having a robust crisis response systems.

CIT International Board member Don Kamin (New York) and past Secretary Pat Strode (Georgia) are in the Country of Liberia helping to facilitate a CIT trainer course at the Liberian National Police Training Academy in Monrovia. 

January 2020

Ron Bruno and Dr. Amy Watson in Scotland explaining the Crisis Intervention Team model to improve police response to mental health crisis.   @scleph #Leph2019 

Dr. Amy Watson, CIT International Treasurer and internationally recognized CIT researcher presents at The Mental Health and Distress in the Emergency Department International Summit in Edinburgh Scotland during the Law Enforcement Public Health Conference.

    #MHED2019 #LEPH #CITInternational

World Mental Health Day - 10 October

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more nee

ds to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.


Crisis Now 2019 Global Conference

2019 Crisis Now Summit

60 leaders from nine countries gathered in Washington, DC to develop an international declaration for better mental health crisis care as part of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) conference.     

Five members of the CITI BOD participated: Tom von Hemert, Ron Bruno, Sabrina Taylor, Amy Watson and Steve Miccio participated.

2nd Crisis Now Global Summit - IIMHL Washington DC 2019

CIT International Board member, Detective Sabrina Talyor, discusses community collaboration in interview on NPR member station KJZZ 91.5:

Phoenix Police Crisis Intervention Team Trainer Aims To 'Build Empathy' For Mental Health Issues

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By Lauren Gilger 

2nd Vice President Ron Bruno quoted by KSL News

CIT International at work:

2nd Vice President Ron Bruno addresses SAMHSA GAINS Center Criminal Justice Symposium

December 14, 2018

CIT International Board Members at work in Huntsville: 

WHNT9 News: Law enforcement participating in Crisis Intervention Team training programs

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