ADAMH Announce 2021 CIT Advocate of the Year Award

Pickaway County Sheriff Hafey, Corporal Levi Freeman and ADAMH Associate Director, Melanie Swisher

The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Services Board is pleased to announce the 2021 CIT Advocate of the year.  Out of concern for the safety of our guests due to COVID19 Pandemic, the Annual Recovery Celebration was cancelled.  However, taking a moment to thank and recognize individuals who are going the extra mile for the residents of our Board region is important.  

The Crisis Intervention Team Advocate of the year is Corporal Levi Freeman of the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office. He was nominated by Sheriff Matthew O. Hafey and Teri Minney.  Cpl. Freeman has dedicated himself to helping those with mental health disorders throughout his career.  He speaks passionately about working with this population, showing concern and empathy.  On numerous occasions Cpl. Freeman has utilized his skills to de-escalate situations of self-harm and continues to follow-through even after the situation has ended.  He has been instrumental in trying to improve the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program in Pickaway County from working with the CIT Consultant to encouraging law enforcement officers throughout Pickaway County to receive CIT training.  Cpl. Freeman is the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office CIT Coordinator and an ADAMH Board Liaison.  This is just another example of his commitment to public service.

Executive Director of the Paint Valley ADAMH Board, Penny Dehner, stated “So many good things are happening in our communities and there is a steadfast commitment to quality treatment and recovery.  Treatment works, people recover and recovering people work and give back to our communities.  It is important to celebrate and honor individuals doing extraordinary work.  The Paint Valley ADAMH Board is so pleased to honor Corporal Levi Freeman.”

Paint Valley Adamh Board