Posted October 20, 2019
Kenneth Collins, Lorain County Community College director of campus security, was named Friday as Ohio Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Administrator of the Year at the annual Ohio CIT Conference at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy in Columbus.
Also, Elyria Police Officer Patrick Jama was named the CIT Officer of the Year. Jama is one of the officers from the EPD that regularly provides a presence on the LCCC campus in coordination with the Campus Security office.
Collins has been with LCCC’s Campus Security office for 20 years and director of Campus Security since 2017. As director he oversees the safety and security of the campus community.
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, individuals who live with mental illness and/or addiction disorders, their families and other advocates. It is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention training to help persons with mental disorders and/or addictions access medical treatment rather than place them in the criminal justice system due to illness related behaviors. It also promotes officer safety and the safety of the individual in crisis.
“The C.I.T. program is essential to the relationship between law enforcement and the communities we serve,” Collins said. “ C.I.T. is critical to the mission of Lorain County Community College’s Campus Security which is to serve and protect all of our faculty, staff, and students.”
At the ceremony, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton (Ret.) presented Collins and Jama with their awards.
Terry Russell, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Issues (NAMI) Ohio said, “Director Collins and Officer Jama have been heroes to those citizens of Ohio who live everyday with mental illness.”
CIT is a program that provides the foundation necessary to promote community and statewide solutions to assist individuals with a mental illness and/or addictions. The CIT Model reduces both stigma and the need for further involvement with the criminal justice system. CIT provides a forum for effective problem solving regarding the interaction between the criminal justice and mental health care system and creates the context for sustainable change.
The Ohio CIT Administrator of the Year Award is given to law enforcement leadership who promote CIT and ensures support for their local CIT Team, CIT core elements, practices and partnerships. The Ohio CIT Officer of the Year award is given to individual CIT Officers who have demonstrated effectiveness in the field utilizing CIT skills and partnerships.
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Learn more about the CIT on the Northeast Ohio Medical University’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence website at https://www.neomed.edu/cjccoe/cit/