Missouri CIT Conference Awards
- CALL FOR NOMINATIONS -
The Missouri Crisis Intervention Team (MO CIT) Council is an organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development, and implementation of CIT programs throughout Missouri. CIT promotes and supports collaborative efforts resulting in more effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care professionals, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities, and also helps to reduce stigma.
The awards will be presented at the 2021 Missouri CIT (MO CIT) Conference, scheduled for
March 15-16, 2021 at the Holiday Inn and Expo Center in Columbia, Missouri. The awards will be given during lunch on March 15, 2021 at the conference from 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. The award recipients will need to be available during this time at the conference to accept the award.
If you have any questions regarding the awards, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on December 31, 2020. The nominations will be reviewed, and award winners and their nominators will be notified in February 2021. The award winners will be given a complimentary conference registration, as well as their hotel room paid for on March 15th if needed.
Persons may be nominated in one of the three categories below (to learn more about the various categories see category descriptions below):
1. 2021 CIT Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
The CIT Law Enforcement of the Year Award is for an officer who has shown exemplary service. This person needs to have demonstrated exceptional involvement, dedication, and/or support of the development of CIT and its sustainment or in the use of the CIT skills in responding to calls.
2020 - Leann Robertson, Rolla PD
2019 - Chris Koester, St. Louis County PD
2018 - Mark Cherry, Sedalia PD
2017 - Sean Hess, KCPD
2. 2021 CIT Community Mental Health Liaison (CMHL) of the Year
The CIT Community Mental Health Liaison (CMHL) of the Year Award is for a Liaison who has demonstrated exceptional involvement, dedication, and/or support of the development of CIT and its sustainment. They have provided excellent service to Law Enforcement in coordinating services for persons with mental health concerns.
2020 - Ted Solomon, Compass Health Network
2019 - Laura Heitmann, Arthur Center
2018 - Jen Gentry, Family Guidance Center/Dawn Morris, Compass Health Network
2017 - Michelle Horvath, Compass Health Network
3. 2021 CIT Champion of the Year
The CIT Champion of the Year Award is for an individual or group who has demonstrated exceptional involvement, dedication, and/ or support of the development of CIT and its sustainment. This can include a mental health professional or advocate, a person with lived experience, chaplain, dispatchers or a mental health agency or community organization who works closely with CIT.
2020 - Ashley Brooks, The Rolla Mission
2019 - Kim Woodson, Phelps County Regional Medical Center
2018 - Connie Collins, Compass Health Network
2017 - Audrey Burger, Community Counseling Center
4. 2021 CIT Front Line Professional of the Year
The CIT Front Line Professional of the Year Award is for an individual who has demonstrated exceptional involvement, dedication and support of CIT and/or in the use of CIT skills during a crisis. This can include DOC/Jail staff, EMS personnel, fire fighter, medical professional, military personnel, probation and parole, juvenile officer, tele-communicator or other non-commissioned criminal justice/front-line professional (LEO AND CMHLS ARE INELIGIBLE IN THIS CATEGORY).
Deadline to submit nominations for the NEW Category is: January 15, 2021.
Missouri Crisis Intervention Team (MO CIT) Council Conference Committee
Chair | Officer Marc Canovi, Kansas City Police Department
Awards Committee Team Lead | Kathryn Sapp