2024 Ohio Crisis Intervention Team Conference


OCI Partner Event -


9:00 am - 4:00 pm
April 10, 2024


Quest Conference Center
9200 Worthington Road, Westerville, Ohio, 43082



Registration Cost: $35 (lunch is provided)

Register by: March 27, 2024


NAMI Ohio, the Ohio Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (A NeoMed CCoE) are excited to announce this year’s Ohio CIT Conference at The Quest Conference Center in Columbus! In addition to the Ohio CIT Awards ceremony, the agenda features two keynote speakers and a range of breakout sessions tailored for CIT coordinators, law enforcement, corrections, and public safety telecommunications.

Breakout Sessions

  • CIT in jails and prisons
  • PST self-care
  • De-escalation for public safety telecommunications and law enforcement
  • Collaboration between law enforcement and mental health agencies
  • Panel Discussion: law enforcement agency/jurisdiction collaboration
  • And more…

Featured Speakers


Ernest (Ernie) Stevens, CSG Justice Center, The Council of State Governments

Ernest (Ernie) Stevens is a published author with a #1 best-selling book on Amazon titled Mental Health and De-escalation: A Guide for Law Enforcement Professionals. Ernie was also a contributing author for Police Mental Health Barricade. Ernie was a police officer for 28 years, serving 26 of those years with the San Antonio Police Department, where he was a founding member of the Mental Health Unit. Ernie has been featured on the Emmy Award Winning HBO Documentary, Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops. He has also been featured in NBC’s documentary, A Different Kind of Force. Ernie was interviewed by ABC’s Nightline’s Byron Pitts and featured on officers trained to respond to mental illness calls. Ernie has been featured in over 40 publications and deemed an expert in Crisis Intervention Training. Ernie is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University and holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. Ernie was one of the founding members of the San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit. Ernie continues to assist law enforcement agencies around the nation by providing technical assistance and best-practice approaches to mental health crisis calls. Ernie currently serves as the deputy director of law enforcement for the Council of State Governments Justice Center, where he works closely with the Dept of Justice to assist agencies across the nation develop and strengthen their crisis response models.


Evan Curtin and Peg Stephens

In 2015, Evan Curtin and his mother, Peg Stephens, began sharing their lived experience with mental illness with the cadets at the Clark State Police Academy in Springfield, OH. Since then, they have continued speaking to Law Enforcement and MH workers as part of CIT Training. They are affiliated with NAMI Clark, Greene, and Madison Counties. Peg is a retired teacher. In 1968, she began her career in education on the island of Okinawa. In 1978, she started working at the Clark County, OH Juvenile Center in the Treatment Program as a Counselor, then a teacher. She taught Learning Disabilities and SBH students there and later at two middle schools. She retired from Springfield City Schools after teaching 5th grade for 16 years. Peg raised three sons, Steve, Brandon, and Evan, and has four grandchildren. Evan was a student at The Ohio State University when he began to feel mentally and physically drained. Following an extreme suicide attempt on Christmas Day 1997, Evan was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder. After taking a break from college, he returned to school at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. In 2001, he graduated with a BA in Psychology. Even though he earned a college degree, it was 15 years before he accepted his mental health diagnosis. Those years of denial were filled with hospitalizations, incarcerations,
homelessness, and near-death experiences. For the past 8 years, Evan has maintained good mental health with medication and support. He volunteers with NAMI, is on the NAMI CGM Board of Directors, is a member of The CIT Steering Committee for MHRB CGM, and is licensed as a Certified Peer Recovery Supporter. He now lives in Springfield, Ohio, with his mother, and along with sharing his story and volunteering, he writes, plays, and records music.

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