• 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster, OH 44691
  • 330-264-1590
  • info@namiwayneholmes.org

About Crisis Intervention Team Training


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. The CIT program is built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.

Nationwide statistics report 10% of the calls an officer goes on involves someone with a mental illness. Our specialized CIT Training includes crisis intervention with an emphasis on understanding mental illness and how to de-escalate crisis situations.

Topics covered include introductions to psychiatric illnesses, substance abuse, risk assessment, suicide prevention, tactical safety and children with emotional problems and mental illness. During the week, officers attend class, experience virtual hallucinations and receive actual experience in the community with social workers.

This patrol-oriented, 40-hour training course is provided annually at no cost to law enforcement personnel from Wayne and Holmes Counties, including police officers, sheriff deputies, parole, probation and correction officers and dispatchers. More than ninety law enforcement personnel throughout Wayne and Holmes Counties have taken this training since 2005. Funding is provided by support from NAMI Ohio, the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Wayne & Holmes Counties, our Walk for Mental Wellness, and private donations.

NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties CIT Advisory Council

Deputy Rob Ecker
Wayne County Sheriff’s Department

Patrolman Justin Estill
Ohio State University, ATI Police Department

Patrolman Jerome Fatzinger
Wooster Police Department

Cindy Kuhl, MA, LPCC
Wayne Co Court of Common Pleas

Roslynn Hostetler
NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties

Patrolman Joshua Miller
Wooster Police Department

Helen Walkerly, LISW-S
Executive Director
NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties

Dave Williams, LSW
Chief Probation Officer
Holmes County Juvenile Court

NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties “CIT Officer of the Year” Winners

2012: Patrolman Kris Conwill, Wooster Police Department

2013: Patrolman Justin Estill, Millersburg Police Department

2014: Patrolman Joshua Miller, Wooster Police Department

2015: Patrolman Jerome Fatzinger, Wooster Police Department

2016: Sergeant Cory Seiler, Orrville Police Department