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 and other first responders, behaviorall health professionals, individuals with behavioral health concerns, their families and communities, and also helps to reduce stigma.
The awards will be presented at the 2023 Missouri CIT (MO CIT) Conference, scheduled for
March 20-21, 2023 at the Holiday Inn and Expo Center in Columbia, Missouri. The awards will be given during breakfast on March 21, 2023 at the conference. 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 email@example.com.
Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December, 5, 2022. The nominations will be reviewed, and award winners and their nominators will be notified in January 2023. The award winners will be given a complimentary conference registration, as well as their hotel room paid for one evening if needed.
Persons may be nominated in one of the four categories below (to learn more about the various categories see category descriptions below):
1. 2023 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.
2022 - JD Pettey, Kansas City Police Department
2021 - Sgt. Ed Curtis, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office
2020 - Leann Robertson, Rolla PD
2019 - Chris Koester, St. Louis County PD
2018 - Mark Cherry, Sedalia PD
2017 - Sean Hess, KCPD
2. 2023 CIT Community Behavioral Health Liaison (CBHL) of the Year (formerly known as CBHL)
The Community Behavioral Health Liaison (CBHL) 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.
2022 - Jen Gentry, Family Guidance Center
2021 - Peggy Gorenflo, Tri-County Mental Health
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. 2023 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, or a mental health agency or community organization who works closely with CIT.
2022 - Eric Schleuter, Warren Couty Sheriff's Department
2021 - Kat Probst, Asst. CEO of the Adair County Ambulance District
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. 2023 CIT Frontline Professional of the Year
The CIT Frontline Professional of the Year 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/frontline professional (LEO AND CBHLS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE IN THIS CATEGORY).
2022 - Kristen Siler-Kline, Family Guidance Center
2021 - Scott Landregan, Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center (KC-ATC)
Missouri Crisis Intervention Team (MO CIT) Council Conference Committee
Chair | Officer JD Pettey, Kansas City Police Department
Co Chair | Peggy Gorenflo, TRi-County Mental Health Services