During the Ohio CIT Advanced Training Conference held June 10, at the Columbus Ohio Police Officer Training Academy, Aaron Bryant with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office presented James Hagen, Ph.D with the 2016 Ohio CIT Mental Health Practitioner of the Year Award.
Hagen was nominated for this award by Juni Johnson, executive director of the Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board.
“Dr. Hagen is the vital principle of the CIT training in the Paint Valley ADAMH Board region. Dr. Hagen brings a wealth of knowledge as a clinical psychologist,” Johnson said. “His ability to positively interact and collaborate with law enforcement makes him a true champion of the program. Dr. Hagen conducts the 40-hour training, facilitating most modules. He has a special ability to interact with law enforcement, corrections and court systems on a consistent basis. He excels in promoting the need for CIT trained officers, dispatchers and corrections officers.”
Fellow members of the Paint Valley ADAMH Board CIT Planning Committee had the following accolades for Hagen.
David Malawista, clinical psychologist and reserve commander for the Athens Police Department, said, “Dr. Hagen brings an infectious energy, interpersonal warmth, and enthusiasm for CIT work. He draws officers in making them believers in the work, contagiously bringing others into the fold.”
Sgt. Ron Myers of the Chillicothe Police Department said, “Jim Hagen has been instrumental in getting the Crisis Intervention Training to the Ross County and surrounding areas. Dr. Hagen has gone beyond what is expected of someone in his capacity, and is available whenever needed.”
Jeffrey Montgomery, LISW-S, BCD Chillicothe VA Medical Center, said, “Dr. Jim Hagen is the content expert for all things clinical and legal in the world of psychology and mental health. The five-county area had two trained officers in 2013 and now there are 81. Dr. Jim Hagen has played an integral role in increasing the sensitivity and de-escalation skills of officers to persons with mental illness and our veterans in crisis situations in our communities. We cannot thank him enough for making our communities stronger and safer.”
The CIT Training program is designed to create a seamless link between law enforcement and emergency mental health services. CIT officers receive approximately 40 hours of training in areas including psychiatric disorders, substance abuse issues, de-escalation techniques, and in legal issues related to mental health and substance abuse. In addition, they receive empathy training from individuals with mental illness and gain exposure to the views of family members of those suffering from a mental illness.
The Paint Valley ADAMH Board offers CIT Training to all law enforcement officers and first responders in the board’s region.
Paint Valley ADAMH Board was created in 1967 to ensure the availability of community-based alcohol, drug addiction and men tal health services for the residents of Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross counties.
For more information, call the Paint Valley ADAMH Board at 740-773-2283.
Submitted by Juni Johnson, executive director of the Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board.