The 2016 CIT International Conference held at the historic Chicago Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL was attended by nearly 1,200 persons (counting more than a sixty volunteers). It was a wonderful venue for this event providing ample-sized rooms for all of the fantastic nearly 100 presentations, and the Featured Presenters, as well as the Keynote Presenters,
The opulent Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel was the site for the opening Keynote by Sheriff Tom Dart, Sheriff of Cook County Jail, the largest single site jail in the U.S., which was preceded by the display of colors by the Chicago Police Department with bagpipes being played by the Chicago Police Department's Pipe and Drum Corp.
Plenary Speakers were Dr. Ken Duckworth, Medical Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, former U.S. Congressman and current founder of the Kennedy Forum which focuses on the needs of persons with serious mental illness and addiction disorders, and Vanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and head of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Featured Speakers included: Patrick Corrigan, Ph.D,, Professor Illinois Institute of Technology, Linda Teplin, Ph.D., Professor at Northwestern University of Chicago, Amy Watson, Ph.D,, Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Nick Margiotta, CIT International Board Member, and John Mundt, Ph.D., Veterans Administration.
The Conference proper which began on Monday, April 25, 2016, was preceded by the half-day program on Sunday afternoon April 24, 2016, entitled "Start or Improve Your CIT Program" presented by Sam Cochran, Mike Woody, Michele Saunders,
and Pat Strode
And this Conference was followed by CIT International's first offering of the 8-hour Certified CIT Coordinator Course which was attended by 80 participants who are proud to be the first to wear the Certified CIT Coordinator Pin bestowed on the graduates of this well-received course.