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About Crisis Intervention Team Training


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. The CIT program is built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.

Nationwide statistics report 10% of the calls an officer goes on involves someone with a mental illness. Our specialized CIT Training includes crisis intervention with an emphasis on understanding mental illness and how to de-escalate crisis situations.

Topics covered include introductions to psychiatric illnesses, substance abuse, risk assessment, suicide prevention, tactical safety and children with emotional problems and mental illness. During the week, officers attend class, experience virtual hallucinations and receive actual experience in the community with social workers.

This patrol-oriented, 40-hour training course is provided annually at no cost to law enforcement personnel from Wayne and Holmes Counties, including police officers, sheriff deputies, parole, probation and correction officers and dispatchers. More than ninety law enforcement personnel throughout Wayne and Holmes Counties have taken this training since 2005. Funding is provided by support from NAMI Ohio, the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Wayne & Holmes Counties, our Walk for Mental Wellness, and private donations.

 

NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties CIT Advisory Council


Deputy Rob Ecker
Wayne County Sheriff’s Department

Patrolman Jerome Fatzinger
Wooster Police Department

Cindy Kuhl, MA, LPCC
Wayne Co Court of Common Pleas

Patrolman Joshua Miller
Wooster Police Department

Betty Riggs
Assistant Director of 911 and Dispatch Services
Wayne County Justice Center Commications Divison

Dawn Ross
NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties

Helen Walkerly, LISW-S
Executive Director
NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties

Dave Williams, LSW
Chief Probation Officer
Holmes County Juvenile Court

Patrolman Mitch Zimmerman
Orrville Police Department

 

NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties “CIT Officer of the Year” Winners


NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties presents a CIT Officer of the Year Award for Wayne & Holmes Counties to a deserving patrolman who has completed the 40-hour CIT Training, and has demonstrated the values of the Crisis Intervention Team program.

The award is presented at the Annual Gathering of NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties in August.

Nominations may be received from local police officers, social workers, case managers, or family members to nominate the CIT officer who has executed the mission of the CIT program, has used supportive law enforcement intervention in dealing with individuals affected by mental illness, and/or has performed a meritorious act related to the principals of CIT.

 

2012: Patrolman Kris Conwill, Wooster Police Department

2013: Patrolman Justin Estill, Millersburg Police Department

2014: Patrolman Joshua Miller, Wooster Police Department

2015: Patrolman Jerome Fatzinger, Wooster Police Department

2016: Sergeant Cory Seiler, Orrville Police Department

2017: Patrolman John Ruggeri, Wooster Police Department

 

2012 Officer Chad P. Stanton of the Ohio State University Police Department, Wooster campus, left, and Kristopher Conwill, a former Sergeant with Wooster Police Department, received the Officer of the Year award in 2012.

2013 – Officer Justin Estill of Millersburg Police Department, received the CIT Officer of the Year Award in 2013. He is standing with Dave Williams, Chief Probation Officer, Holmes County Juvenile Court, who nominated him.

2014  -  Officer Joshua Miller of Smithville Police Department, received the CIT Officer of the Year Award in 2014.

2015  -  Officer Jerome Fatzinger of Wooster Police Department, received the CIT Officer of the Year Award in 2015.

2016  -  Officer Cory Seiler of Orrville Police Department, received the CIT Officer of the Year Award in 2016.

2017  -  Officer John Ruggeri of Wooster Police Department, received the CIT Officer of the Year Award in 2017.

 

CIT Sponsors (NAMI Ohio, Businesses, MHRB)


2016 CIT Sponsors

Thank you to:

NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties
NAMI Ohio
Commercial & Savings Bank
Mental Health & Recovery Board of Wayne & Holmes Counties

for funding which allows us to provide this specialized training.