Partnering Criminal Justice & Behavioral Healthcare Services for Effective Crisis Response Systems
What is CIT Utah
CIT Utah is a program of the State of Utah. The CIT Utah program develops and sustains partnerships between criminal justice services, behavioral healthcare services, and community members. These partnerships provide three basic services: the training of law enforcement officers and other first responders in proper methods of crisis response and resolution; developing effective crisis response systems; and advocating for accessible behavioral health services and programing.
CIT Utah is primarily funded through the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, as well as private donations. The program is administered by a contract awarded to CIT Utah, Inc., a nonprofit corporation established specifically for this purpose.
Utah Law Enforcement Officer Appointed to National Committee
Utah Police Officer and CIT Utah Program Director, Ron Bruno, has been appointed to the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee as established in accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act.
The committee reports to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, United States Congress, and any other relevant federal department or agency on issues regarding serious mental illnesses or serious emotional disturbances.
Utah Police Chief Honored as Police Chief of the Year by International Organization
Cedar City's Police Chief, Darin Adams, was awarded the CIT International Police Chief of the Year Award during CIT International's 2017 Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Chief Adams was recognized as being "a role model in his field with his progressive and forward-thinking approach." The nomination for this award was submitted by the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health out of appreciation for "his dedication to mental health issues and willingness to support mental health efforts across the state."
Chief Adams was the original CIT Coordinator to expand the CIT Utah Program into Cedar City in 2009. He has worked diligently over the past few years in cooperation with the Iron County Attorney's Office to implement their first Mental Health Court. Chief Adams is a founding board member of CIT Utah, Inc. and is currently the corporation's Vice President.
CONGRATULATIONS CHIEF ADAMS!!!