CIT National Organization Created
Contributor: Ron Honberg
This month, the national CIT Advisory Group met in
The following individuals were elected as officers of the new organization.
Lt. Michael Woody (retired), Law Enforcement Liaison for the Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence, will be President.
Michele Saunders, Executive Director of Florida Partners in Crisis, will be the 1st Vice President.
Joseph Mucenski of
Victoria Cochran, JD, coordinator of the
Jim Dailey of
Last but not last, Major Sam Cochran and Randy Dupont, Ph.D, the pioneers and for many years the driving forces behind
As CIT programs continue to proliferate nationally, one immediate priority for the new organization will be developing standards for these programs. As Major Cochran has always emphasized, true CIT programs are “more than just training.” They are collaborations between law enforcement, mental health systems, consumers, families and advocates to establish humane alternatives to arrest and incarceration for individuals who are in crisis and in need to treatment and