The Kansas Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Team Council was established in Johnson County Kansas in 2004. Our council was created for the purpose of forming a partnership between law enforcement, the mental health system, courts, individuals with a mental illness, and their families. The council’s primary mission is to provide training and CIT certification for law enforcement officers based on the CIT model created by the Memphis, Tennessee Police Department in 1988. Our council is represented by local law enforcement officers, mental health professionals, court personnel, and mental health advocates. Through the efforts of our members, we strive to promote education, advocacy, and problem solving in our communities throughout the State of Kansas. Our goal is to reduce dangerous confrontations between citizens in crisis and law enforcement officers, and reduce recidivism and arrests by diverting individuals with a mental illness to appropriate community mental health providers.
Current CIT Council Members
Sergeant 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. Sergeant 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 and CIT Coordinator.
Sergeant Robert McKeirnan
Olathe Police Department
Council Vice Chairman
Sergeant Robert McKeirnan joined the Kansas Crisis Intervention Team Council in 2016. He has been with the Olathe Police Department since 2009. During his time with Olathe, he has served as a Patrol Officer, Police Explorer Supervisor, Field Training Officer, CIT Unit Officer, and Patrol Sergeant. Sergeant McKeirnan has worked closely with the Olathe Police Department Mental Health Co-Responder Program as it has been implemented and continues to evolve. He currently supervises the Olathe behavioral health unit: The Advanced Crisis-Intervention Team.
Officer Justin Shepherd
Overland Park Police Department
Officer Justin Shepherd joined the KS Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Team Council in 2018. He has been a police officer for 12 years with the Overland Park Police Department. In his time with Overland Park, he has served as a patrol officer, Field Training Officer (FTO), COPPS officer, School Resource Officer (SRO), and currently as the CIT Coordinator.
Sierra Wright, LMSW
Johnson County Mental Health
Sierra Wright is a Team Leader for Johnson County Mental Health Center. Sierra and her team specialize in providing mental health services for youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system. Sierra joined the Kansas Law Enforcement CIT council in 2018.
Sergeant Dickson Bishop
Shawnee Police Department
Sergeant Dickson Bishop joined the Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council in 2019. His law enforcement career began in 2000. He has been with the Shawnee Police Department since 2011. Since becoming an officer, Sgt. Bishop has served as a Patrol Officer, Bicycle Officer, Field Training Officer, Narcotics Detective, Background Investigator, Recruitment Officer, and a Hostage/Crisis Negotiator. His current assignments include patrol shift supervisor, CIT Coordinator, Peer Support Coordinator and Honor Guard Coordinator.
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.
Deputy Luke Demko
Johnson County Sheriff's Office
Officer Tommie Eisenhut
Leawood Police Department
Officer Tommie Eisenhut joined the Kansas Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Team Council in 2019. He has served with the Leawood Police Department since 2017 in the Patrol Division.
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.
President of Johnson County NAMI
Cindy Glaeser is currently serving as the President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Johnson County. She is the mother of an individual with a serious mental illness. When the illness struck her child at the age of 18, she immediately realized that resources and support for the mentally ill is severely lacking in our country. After taking the NAMI Family to Family course, it was very to clear to her that she needed to join NAMI to advocate for the mentally ill and their family members. Cindy joined the Kansas Crisis Intervention Team Council in 2021.
Mental Health Advocate
Carol Kladuson has several family members who have experienced mental illnesses and has been a mental health advocate since joining Families For Mental Health in 1981. She has also been a member and served on boards of several other mental health community and state organizations. In addition, she served as a Parent Support and Education Specialist working with families of children and teenagers receiving services from Wyandot Center and Johnson County Mental Health Center. Carol joined the Kansas Law Enforcement CIT Council in 2021.
Jessica Murphy, LMSW
Johnson County Mental Health
Jessica Murphy joined the Kansas Crisis Intervention Team Council in 2022. She has been with the Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) since 2007. Jessica “grew up” in community mental health with positions as attendant care, case manager and crisis clinician. She became the team leader for the Co-Responder program in 2017. She is currently an Emergency Services Deputy Division Director at JCMHC and continues to oversee the co-responder program and mobile crisis response. She led an initiative to launch of the first annual National Co-Responder Conference and is also now the Board Chair of the International Co-Responder Alliance.