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“This was my first time at the Missouri CIT Conference and I was truly impressed by the audience.  Large crowds in a ballroom tend not to be great for getting laughs, but with such a tremendous group of dedicated professionals it exceeded my expectations!  In addition, their schedule built in time a book signing, which was a nice touch.  I had so many memorable interactions during the signing, like meeting the honorable Captain Will Akin of Clay County.  After we connected, I told him he should run for President!  I’d return to Missouri CIT anytime!” 


- Matt Bellace, PhD, Clinical Psychologist/ Comedian and Keynote Speaker at the 2019 MO CIT Conference

CANCELLED | March 16-17, 2020 

Holiday Inn & Expo Center | Columbia, MO 

March 11, 2020:  With careful consideration, we have decided it is best to cancel the 2020 Missouri CIT Conference, scheduled for March 16-17, 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services are recommending social distancing when possible due to the COVID-19 virus. (In recent news, 70 confirmed cases came from a single meeting in a hotel.) It is vitally important to us to reduce risk to our first responders and mental health professionals in the state.

All paid registrations will be refunded for the conference. Please be patient with us and allow time for the refunds to be processed. If you do have any questions, please contact us at events@mocoalition.org.

Please note: Please note: hotel reservations at the Holiday Inn and Expo Center will automatically be cancelled by the hotel. You do not need to reach out to Holiday Inn! If you made a room reservation at the overflow hotel (Drury-1.800.325.0720), please call and cancel your hotel reservation with them directly.

We appreciate your understanding.

Detective Jason Klaus, CIT Coordinator

Richard Gowdy, Ph.D., Director, Division of Behavioral Health

Mark Stringer, Director, Missouri Department of Mental Health










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THANK YOU to our 2020 Sponsors



Clarke A. Paris

"Again, I have to tell you that your conference was incredible! You and your team pulled the conference off as if you had done it hundred times previously. Thank you for allowing Tracie and I to be a part of it! We had a blast and met some amazing people.

As I mentioned at dinner, I received an anonymous call the evening of the conference. An unidentified subject who wanted to remain anonymous, called me and said that our presentation saved his life and that he was now going to contact a counselor. 

We receive calls like this pretty regularly, but they NEVER become routine nor do they lose the impact they have on Tracie and I." 

Paton Blough

“The training leadership the CIT Council provides through their annual conference for law enforcement agencies across Missouri and beyond is amazing and inspiring.  I continue to feel extremely blessed and uplifted from the conference.” 

Sgt. Kevin Briggs, Ret.

" attended and was honored to speak at the 2018 Missouri CIT Conference.  I have to say, the structure of the conference, professionalism of the staff, and courses offered were quite incredible.  I wish I knew about this conference while I was active with the California Highway Patrol.  I was able to see old friends, make new ones and discover new methods to become better at my craft (which is now teaching suicide prevention, active listening skills and negotiations).  Even an old dog can still learn!  To the Missouri CIT Council, thank you for having me and keep up the great work!  We need more conferences like this."

© 2016 Missouri Crisis Intervention Team (MO CIT) Council. 

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