Ron L. Bruno
Ron Bruno serves as the Executive Director of CIT International. Ron is a founding board member of the corporation and previously served as the corporation’s Second Vice President. Ron has been involved in CIT programing for over twenty years, serving the majority of his twenty-five-year law enforcement career as a CIT Officer, CIT Investigator, CIT Agency Coordinator, CIT Regional Coordinator, and as the State of Utah’s CIT Program Director. Ron has spoken nationally and internationally on crisis response system reform.
Ron is an appointed member of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC). This committee, that was established by the 21st Century Cures Act, reports to the United States Congress to make recommendations for actions that federal departments can take to better coordinate the administration of mental health services for adults with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbances.
Ron is one of the authors of CIT International’s “Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Programs: A Best Practice Guide for Transforming Community Responses to Mental Health Crises”. Ron developed a de-escalation training curriculum for law enforcement, as well as a version for community members, and has trained over four thousand law enforcement officers across the United States. Ron is a founding board member of CIT Utah, a nonprofit organization that advocates for effective crisis response programming, and served as that corporation’s Executive Director.
Ron has worked with several national organizations on issues around criminal justice / mental health collaborations. Ron pioneered one of the original Law Enforcement Mental Health learning sites under the direction of the Council of State Governments in partnership with the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance; he assisted the National Empowerment Center, the providers of the "Hearing Voices" curriculum, by expanding their original recordings and adapting the simulation activities to make them more relevant for law enforcement; he provided subject matter expertise to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in the development of their “Responding to Youth with Mental Health Needs” manual; he has partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) with the development and conducting of Law Enforcement Leadership Institutes on Juvenile Justice; he has worked as a subject matter expert and instructor under contracted services with Policy Research Associates (PRA) with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Valor Program’s National Curriculum for Law Enforcement on Effective Community Based Responses to Mental Health Crises; he provided consultation to Sahara Cares on a video production to train law enforcement officers in effective interaction methods with persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Although Ron has served in many capacities as a law enforcement officer, he found his true passion working with persons involved in the criminal justice system due to mental illness and has diligently worked to reform crisis response. Ron continues with this passion as he represents CIT International’s interests on councils and committees and presents to audiences nationally and internationally.