Mental Health and Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet



4th Annual Mental Health and Law Enforcement

Recognition Banquet

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The Senator Inn, Augusta Maine


NAMI Maine's 4th Annual Mental Health and Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet is an opportunity to honor the partnership of mental health and law enforcement professionals. Please join us as we recognize members of law enforcement and celebrate their commitment to the communities they serve!



Price of Admission:

$25 per person or $45 per couple

(ticket price includes dinner, networking opportunities, and an awards ceremony)




5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Registration & Networking

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Guest Speaker, Major Sam Cochran

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner & Awards Ceremony






Featured Guest Speaker:

Major Sam Cochran



In 1988, Memphis introduced the first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), developed by Sam Cochran, as a result of community outcries from local NAMI members. NAMI voices challenged obvious unsuccessful mental illness crisis responses: “Can’t we (community) do better?” After a 1987 law enforcement shooting event the Memphis community followed leadership to develop, expand, and implement a new beginning: CIT partnerships voyaging a community exploration. NAMI persisted in steering pathways that were uncompromising – mental illness is a brain illness and respect and dignity are necessary components within hope and recovery. From this “heart” CIT breathed a unique identity – CIT is more than just training. The CIT's foundational pillars supported principles of human dignity, understanding, kindness, hope and dedication. Processing and understanding CIT requires visions beyond traditional limitations that suggest “more” of the same will somehow illuminate a new awakening – not so, says those who see and understand the vision of CIT as a new heart – a “specialist” response.






Lanee Barnes Law Enforcement Leadership Award:

Chief Jared Mills

Augusta Police Department


Lifetime Law Enforcement Partner Award:

 Chief Ed Googins

South Portland Police Department


CIT Corrections Officer of the Year

 Lt. Bryan Slaney 

 Kennebec County Correctional Facility


Law Enforcement Innovative Partner Agency Award

Kennebunk Police Department

Recovery Coaching


Mental Health Leadership Award:

Danielle Parent, LCSW



Lifetime Mental Health Partner Award:

Dalene Sinskie, LCSW


Mental Health Innovation Award:

Community Health and Counseling Services

Behavioral Health Services in Penobscot County Jail


Officer Wellness Award:

Brian MacMaster


Citizen Partner Awards:

Colonel Pooler

Liv Doucette

Anne Doucette


CIT in Action Awards:

Officer Beals

Officer Kim Theriault 


Thank you to our sponsor: