On Thursday, May 26, 2016, members of the city’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) were awarded the 2016 Outstanding Community Partner Award from the Winchester Department of Social Services. Detective Lisa Hyde, with the Winchester Police Department, and CIT Coordinator, Donna Trillio with Northwestern Community Services, accepted the award during a ceremony.
The Crisis Intervention Team responds to persons in mental health crises, with the objective of diverting them from the criminal justice system, and connecting them with resources to address their physical and mental needs. The pair meets with clients in the community, often weekly, to address their needs and build relationships to prevent future crises.
They were nominated by Holly Day, Family Services Specialist, for going above and beyond and thinking outside the box to help people in the community.
The annual awards ceremony recognizes organizations, groups and individuals for their outstanding community service and collaboration with the Winchester Department of Social Services to improve the lives of city citizens. The Winchester Elks Club and Judy McKiernan from Winchester Public Schools were also honored for their service.