Nixa Police Sgt. Joe Daugherty

Nixa Police Sgt. Joe Daugherty (right) with Debora S. Biggs (left), Executive Director of NAMI Southwest Missouri.

 

The Ozarks Area Crisis Intervention Team (OACIT) Council and the southwest Missouri affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) honored Nixa Police Sergeant Joe Daugherty as the winner of its 2019 “Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year Award.”

The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor crisis intervention team officers for their efforts to foster collaboration and compassion in assisting those affected by mental illness and to increase knowledge about mental illness in order to eliminate stigma from the public.

Daugherty “exhibits a strong sense of compassion and concern for those individuals in his community experiencing behavioral health issues and places priority on connecting them with the resources available to assist them,” according to a press release.

Daugherty has been significantly involved in efforts to assist to individuals in the Nixa community identified for the potential to benefit from behavioral health interventions. He has also taken a leadership role on the OACIT Council, exhibiting dependability and determination in his collaborative service efforts.

The OACIT Council meets bi-monthly and includes partnerships between law enforcement groups and other agencies in Greene, Christian, and Taney counties. Together, this council strives to provide collaborative efforts in addressing the behavioral health needs in our communities. In addition to the bi-monthly meetings, the law enforcement and Burrell Behavioral Health Liaison members of this council also conduct coordinated follow-ups with individuals experiencing behavioral health concerns. The partnership is made possible through the Nixa Police Department, Burrell Behavioral Health, NAMI Southwest Missouri, the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, and the Missouri CIT Council.

This is the fourth year that OACIT has presented this award. Previous winners of this award include officers from Springfield Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

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