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Public Information Officer:
November 5th, 2008
Cpl. Kevin Tieman
Cass County Sheriff's Office
816-380-8615 Office
816-738-4394 Cell

NAMI Awards Banquet

Kansas City, MO - The National Alliance of Mental Illness of Greater Kansas City (NAMI-KC) Board of Directors will holds its 20th Annual Membership Meeting, Awards Ceremony and the 8th Annual Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) Banquet in Kansas City on November 13, 2008. This year law enforcement officers from 10 metro agencies, volunteers, and other professionals will be recognized for their contributions to the community.

NAMI is a grass roots, self-help advocacy organization for families with serious mental illness. Family members, friends or other caregivers meet together for mutual support and comfort. NAMI is 501-C3 which offers many free services to the community such as advocacy for mentally ill citizens and educational programs for all members of the community.

The Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony will be held at the Intrigue Park Place Hotel at I-435 and Front Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the dinner and awards program to start at 6:45 p.m.

Below is a list of the award recipients:

NAMI-KC Community Awards and
CIT Awards Presentations will follow:

NAMI-KC Community Awards:

  • Volunteer of the Year Award
    • Sgt. Tim and Janet Smith, Family Members
  • Suicide Awareness Award
    • DeLaSalle High School
  • Quality of Service Professional Award
    • Richard Odiam, Tri County Mental Health & Michael Barnett, Truman Behavioral Health
  • Media Award
    • Brent Miller and Linda Thompson, Lee’s Summit Journal
  • Philanthropic Award
    • The REACH Foundation
  • Richard P. Nadeau Lifetime Achievement Award for Long-term Advocacy for Mental Health and Community Change
    • Claire McCaskill

Crisis Intervention Teams Award:

  • Blue Springs Police Department
    • Officers Cody Smith, Greg Breshears and Kelly Caster
  • Cass County Sheriff’s Office
    • Corporal Joshua Becker-Schutte
  • Grandview Police Department
    • Amanda Kearnes
  • Harrisonville Police Department
    • Sgt. Sean Murray
  • Jackson County Detention Center
    • Sgt. Cedric Williams
  • Kansas City Police Department
    • Sgt Larry White, Officer William B. Baker, Officer Ryan Kaighen, Officer JD Pettey, Officer Linda Walker
  • Municipal Correctional Institution
    • Patrick Atkins
  • Lee’s Summit Police Department
    • Officer Michael Isberg
  • Oak Grove Police Department
    • Officer Daniel Ashley and Nancy Burkhart
  • Peculiar Police Department
    • Officer Michael Mclaughlin

  • NAMI-KC CIT Officer of the Year
    • will be announced the evening of the event
  • NAMI-KC CIT Coordinator of the Year
    • will be announced the evening of the event

For reservations or more information about NAMI/KC Call (816) 931-0030.

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