Kansas Law Enforcement
CIT Council

Using Effective Police Intervention With Individuals Who Are Experiencing Mental Health Crisis

Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council

 

Capt. Wade Borchers

Lenexa Police Department

Captain Wade Borchers joined the Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council in 2008. He teaches several classes during CIT training that include topics such as substance abuse, contacting consumers in crisis and police stress. He began his career as a police officer in 1998 and is currently a watch commander in the Patrol Division for the Lenexa, Kansas Police Department. During his years in law enforcement he has been a patrol officer, field training officer, bike officer, directed patrol officer, narcotics detective and a patrol sergeant.

 

Carrol Garrett

Johnson County District Attorney's Office

Carrol Garrett joined the Kansas CIT Council in May of 2015 and has been with the Johnson County District Attorney's Office since 2002. As the Care & Treatment Paralegal, Carrol works closely with mental health providers and law enforcement to determine the filing of involuntary commitment petitions for individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. She is also the Mental Health Diversion Case Manager for individuals with mental illness who have incurred legal charges within the Johnson County community.

 

Cpl. Ken Whiteside

Leawood Police Department

Corporal Ken Whiteside joined the Kansas Crisis Intervention Team Council in 2008. He teaches several classes during CIT training that include topics such as Law Enforcement response to Autism, Dementia and Alzheimer's, and CIT Dynamics. He has been a police officer for 20 years and is currently a supervisor in the Patrol Division for the Leawood, Kansas Police Department. During his 20 years of law enforcement he has been a patrol officer, field training officer, evidence technician, and a patrol supervisor.

 

Dep. Gretchen Gillihan

Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Gretchen Gillihan has been a deputy with Johnson County Sheriff's Office since May 2010. Before joining the Sheriff's Office Gretchen worked for 18 years with adults with severe and persistent mental illness as a case manager and psychosocial coordinator at Miami County Mental Health Center, now known as Elizabeth Layton Center. Gretchen's current assignment at the Sheriff's Office is in detention. She works in the female special management module with inmates dealing with mental health issues. She has been a member of the Crisis Intervention Team Law Enforcement Council since February 2013.

 

Howard Snyder

Howard Snyder is the father of a son who suffered from mental illness for 27 years. He served on the Governing Board of the Johnson County Mental Health Center for 24 years. He has been part of the Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council for 8 years. Howard has been active with support groups for families and friends of persons with mental illness for 33 years.

 

Letitia Ferwalt

Johnson County District Attorney's Office

Letitia Ferwalt joined the Kansas Crisis Intervention Team Council in 2009. She has been with the Johnson County Kansas District Attorney's office since 2001 and is the Diversion Coordinator supervising the Care & Treatment Unit as well as the Criminal, Traffic, and Mental Health Diversion Programs. Serving on the Family Panel at CIT, she also gives presentations about her experience parenting a son with mental illness.

 

Michelle Burchyett, LCP

Johnson County Mental Health

Michelle Burchyett joined the Kansas Crisis Intervention Team Council in 2011. She has been with Johnson County Mental Health for 17 years and is currently the team leader for their Mobile Crisis Response Team. This team answers the Mental Health Emergency line during business hours and partners with law enforcement to outreach individuals in the community experiencing a mental health crisis.

 

Officer Robert McKeirnan

Olathe Police Department

Officer Robert McKeirnan joined the Kansas Crisis Intervention Team Council in 2016. He has been an officer with the Olathe Police Department since 2009 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division. During his time with Olathe, he has served as a Patrol Officer, Police Explorer Supervisor, Field Training Officer, and CIT Unit Officer. Officer McKeirnan has worked closely with the Olathe Police Department Mental Health Co-Responder as the program has been implemented and continues to evolve. As part of his role in the CIT Unit at the Olathe Police Department he was also able to attend the annual CIT International Conference in Chicago.

 

Officer Thomas Keary

Overland Park Police Department

Ofc. Keary joined the Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council in August 2011. He has taught classes on CIT and Youth as well as CIT Dynamics. He has been with the Overland Park Police Department since 1998 serving as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer and is currently assigned to full time CIT duties as part of the Community Policing Unit. Ofc. Keary was the first Police Officer in the state of Kansas to work CIT related duties full time. He was also recognized by NAMI-Kansas as the CIT Officer of the Year in 2012.

 

Rob MacDougall, LMSW

Johnson County Mental Health

Rob MacDougall joined the Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council in 2016. He has worked various roles in emergency mental health services at Johnson County Mental Health Center since 2000. Currently, he is the team leader for the Crisis Services Team. This team provides non-business hour emergency mental health services including the Mental Health Co-Responder Program, answering the crisis line and completing mental health related assessments.

 

Sgt. Tom Lynch

Shawnee Police Department

Sergeant Tom Lynch joined the KS Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Team Council in 2015. He has been a police officer for 21 years, 17 of them with the Shawnee Police Department. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2003. In his time with the city of Shawnee Tom has served as a patrol officer, FTO, D.A.R.E. officer, Crisis Negotiator, and as a supervisor in Patrol in both Investigations and Patrol.

 

Wayne Vennard

Wayne Vennard joined the CIT council in 2010 and is serving as treasurer. Wayne has an extensive background in mental health issues. He served on the Johnson County Mental Health Center board of directors for nine years and was chair for three terms. Wayne is also currently a member of the Lakemary Center board of directors. Lakemary serves individuals with mental and physical challenges.

 
Contact:
PO Box 8760
Prairie Village, Johnson County, Kansas
66208-0760
Phone: 913-895-6291
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