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CIT Officer of the Year

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About Mental Illness

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

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The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) works to promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective interaction among law enforcement, mental health care professionals, individuals living with mental illness, their families and communities, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

NAMI Southwest Missouri is proud to honor a law enforcement officer as CIT Officer of the Year in recognition of their efforts to foster collaboration and compassion to assist those affected by mental illness and to increase knowledge about mental illness in order to eliminate stigma.

Nominations are now open for the 2020 CIT Officer of the Year.

Nomination Process

• Completion of an approved 40 hour CIT Training Program.
• Completion of the approved nomination form by their respective law enforcement agency.

• Nominations for CIT Officer of the Year must be submitted using the form below or by downloading and completing the PDF form.
• Do not attach additional information for consideration. Only the information submitted within this nomination form will be used to determine eligibility and award status.
• The deadline for submission for the 2020 CIT Officer of the Year is April 10, 2020.

The award will be presented during the kick-off event for NAMIWalks, a community event to promote mental health awareness.

Previous award winners:

2016 CIT Officer of the Year: Cpl. Chris Welsh, Springfield Police Department
2017 CIT Officer of the Year: Officer Betsy Shipley, Springfield Police Department
2018 CIT Officer of the Year: Sgt. David Carnagey, Greene County Sheriff’s Office
2019 CIT Officer of the Year: Sgt. Joe Daugherty, Nixa Police Department

CIT Officer of the Year Nomination Form

  • Nominee Information

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  • Reason for Nomination

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