Join us Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 1:00PM ET, as we welcome CIT practitioners from Tucson, Arizona and Kitsap County, Washington to discuss the elements of a successful crisis intervention program. This program is designed to be relevant to both oversight professionals and members of law enforcement. Topics will include establishing program values and expectations, training strategies, the use of dedicated response teams, police/civilian outreach ("co-responder" programs), and approaches to metrics and measures. Best practices will be shared, along with the lessons learned from building CIT programs.
Sergeant Jason Winsky
Sergeant Jason Winsky is the supervisor of the Tucson Police Department Mental Health Support Team. The team is dedicated to interacting with the persons in crisis throughout Tucson, Arizona, and Pima County at large and was recognized as a Bureau of Justice Assistance federal learning site in 2018. On a yearly basis, this team interacts with hundreds of separate individuals, directing (or re-directing) them back to treatment. In addition, Sergeant Winsky is the co-facilitator of the Pima County Regional Crisis Intervention Team Training; he has trained more than one thousand peace officers across southern Arizona in CIT. He is also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and has certified more than five hundred peace officers across Arizona in this training.
Kimberly Hendrickson is the Project Manager for the Behavioral Health Outreach Program in Poulsbo, Washington. She manages a team of behavioral health navigators who partner with police throughout Kitsap County, Washington. Prior to this role, she worked with police in King County to improve outcomes during and after police encounters with individuals with mental illness and she helped create the police embedded navigator program currently operating in Shoreline and Bothell, Washington. She founded a nonprofit organization called Islanders for Collaborative Policing and has taught Political Science at George Washington University, Rhodes College, and Olympic College.