Crisis Intervention Team Recognition


County employees, other agencies and community partners have collaborated on training to address mental health crisis cases in the community. Their efforts were recognized during an event on December 5. The following local employees and partners received awards during the event, according to a news release:

  • Durham County Emergency Medical Services - CIT Medic of the Year: Corporal Nathan M. Sanders

  • Durham Police Department - CIT Officer of the Year: Investigator Thomas Scozzafava

  • North Carolina Central University - CIT Officer of the Year: Officer Edward Washington

  • Durham County Sheriff's Office/Detention Center- CIT Officer of the Year: Officer Angela Surles

  • Durham County Sheriff's Office - CIT Officer of the Year: Deputy Michelle A. Peele

  • Durham Technical Community College - CIT Officer of the Year: Chief Sarah L. Minnis

  • Duke University Police - CIT Officer of the Year: Officer Darren Young

  • Agency CIT Partner of the Year: Therapist Deanna Boothe, Fernandez Community Center

  • Durham Fire Department - CIT Award of Appreciation: Bethesda Fire Department

  • CIT Partner of the Year: Laylon Williams, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare

  • Heart of CIT Award: Corporal Tracy Drinker

The event was held by the Durham Crisis Intervention Team, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Durham and Alliance Behavioral Healthcare. Learn more about the CIT concept from the website of the National Alliance on Mental Illness' North Carolina chapter.

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