Kansas Law Enforcement
CIT Council

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

Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council


Cpl. Ken Whiteside

Leawood Police Department

Corporal Ken Whiteside joined the Kansas Crisis Intervention Team Council in 2008. He is the current council chairman. Ken 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 23 years and is currently a supervisor in the Patrol Division for the Leawood, Kansas Police Department. During his time in law enforcement he has been a patrol officer, field training officer, evidence technician, and a patrol supervisor.


Deputy Ryan Ellis

Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Dep. Ellis has been a Deputy with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office since May of 2012. He is currently assigned in detention where he works in the male special management module, specifically working with inmates dealing with mental health issues. He has worked as a training officer and teaches a behavior management and crisis intervention class at the Sheriff's Office Basic Academy. Dep. Ellis also received certification to teach Mental Health First Aid (USA). He has been a member of the Crisis Intervention Team Law Enforcement Council since April 2017.


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.


Rob MacDougall, LMSW

Johnson County Mental Health

Rob MacDougall is the Director of Emergency Services at Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) and joined the Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council in 2016. For the past seventeen years, Rob has performed various clinical and leadership roles for JCMHC. His current responsibilities include the Mental Health and Law Enforcement Co-Responder Team, Open Access Team, Mobile Crisis Response Team, and a ten bed crisis respite facility.


Sgt. Jason Hinkle

Lenexa Police Department

Sergeant Jason Hinkle joined the Kansas Crisis Intervention Team Council in 2017. He began his law enforcement career in 2000 and has been with the Lenexa Police Department since 2007. Sgt Hinkle has worked as a police officer, field training officer, tactical team operator, directed patrol officer, narcotics investigator, and as a general assignment detective. Currently, he is a patrol field supervisor with collateral duties of supervision in community policing and of the Mental Health Co-Responder.


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.

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