Last week, 1,500 people gathered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to learn, be inspired, and share best practices in crisis response at the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International Conference.

CIT is a partnership between law enforcement, mental health providers, and advocacy groups that stresses the importance of compassionate and effective responses with persons in mental health crisis. NAMI has long been deeply involved with CIT, and this conference was no exception. Several NAMI NC leaders were in attendance; NAMI Guilford President Madonna Campbell Greer (seen below with CIT International Program Director Chris Roup) was on the podium as a member of the CIT International Board of Directors.

Two out of eleven annual awards were won by North Carolinians. NAMI Moore officer George Reynolds won the Advocate of the Year Award (seen below with NAMI NC Board Member Felishia McPherson), and Kevin Monroe of Maury Correctional Institution near Grenville received the Correctional Officer of the Year. North Carolinians also gave several well-received breakout sessions.

The 2023 Conference will be in Detroit.