Crisis Intervention Teams Center of Excellence



We will seek to develop and maintain partnerships with Oregon criminal justice and behavioral health agencies, organizations and service providers in order to develop and maintain a network of criminal justice and behavioral health professionals, behavioral health advocates, and consumers to promote excellence in law enforcement behavioral health training throughout Oregon.



The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) – Center for Policing Excellence (CPE) and The Oregon Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Integration (OCBHJI) are jointly committed to promoting the development of criminal justice behavioral health training programs, such as Crisis Intervention Teams and other specialized police response models, throughout Oregon. The objective of this partnership is to assist criminal justice and behavioral health agencies in providing a more effective and compassionate response to people experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The joint effort shall be known as the CIT Center of Excellence (CITCOE).


CIT Works

Research has demonstrated that CIT trained officers demonstrate more knowledge about mental health than non CIT trained officers. Additionally, CIT trained officers are more likely to make a mental health referral and less likely to make an arrest than non CIT trained officers.

CIT trained officers who volunteered for the training do better on all these measures than those who were assigned to training, which highlights an important tenet of the Memphis Model to train officers who have volunteered. However, CIT trained officers who were assigned to training do better on all of the measure than those who haven’t been trained in CIT (


Kevin Rau
Behavioral Health Program Coordinator


Kevin has an extensive background in the criminal justice field. In 1982, he joined the U.S. Army Military Police. After completing two enlistments, Kevin left the Army and joined the Oregon Department of Corrections where he was a Corrections Officer and Correctional Corporal which included an assignment as a Drug Detection Canine Handler. In 1994, Kevin joined the Marion County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy. In addition to being a Patrol Deputy, Kevin’s career at the Sheriff’s Office included serving as a School Resource Officer, Public Information Officer, Tactical Negotiator, Agency Training Coordinator, CIT Coordinator and as a member of a multi-agency Crisis Outreach Response Team as well as the lead instructor for the DPSST Basic Police Mental Health curriculum. At the end of 2014, Kevin retired after a career spanning almost 27 years.


In November of 2015, Kevin joined the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Center for Policing Excellence as the first of two Behavioral Health Program Coordinators at DPSST.


Julie Collinson

Behavioral Health Program Coordinator

Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor, having  completed her Master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling and  Addictions Studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and Bachelor’s of  Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science, and a minor in Psychology from  Oregon State University. Julie has worked in the public safety sector for over 16 years.  Julie joined the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in 2006, responsible for creating  specialized training programs in the areas of child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic  violence, and search and rescue, and in 2014, she became the CIT Coordinator for  Clackamas County. In her tenure at CCSO, Julie provided training for over 10,000  multi-disciplinary professionals in the state and around the U.S. In 2018, Julie began  working for the Oregon Department of Corrections Correctional Services, creating  programs and educational curriculum, and providing support services for children and  families of adults in custody. Then, in 2020, Julie joined DPSST as a part-time  Behavioral Health instructor. Prior to joining DPSST, Julie was a therapist in a non-profit  residential facility providing therapeutic services for adjudicated youth offenders, in  partnership with the Oregon Youth Authority. Julie also has a private practice  specializing working with first responders and military professionals who have  experienced trauma. In March of 2021, Julie joined DPSST’s Center for Policing  Excellence as one of two Behavioral Health Program Coordinators.  

Julie is passionate about serving her community, and providing opportunities for youth  through sports, and is an active board member for basketball, lacrosse and football in  her community. When you don’t find her on field or court cheering on her teenage sons,  she is found enjoying her other passions, training her rescue horses, or camping with  her family and friends throughout the state.


Ridg Medford

Behavioral Health and Justice Specialist  


Ridg served as a certified police officer for over 16 years. He served his entire law enforcement career with the Ontario Police Department and held his advanced police certification through the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). During his time with the Police Department, he served in many roles, including school resource officer, motor officer, and detective. He has also served as the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) coordinator for Malheur County. He is a mental health first aid instructor, a trauma informed care instructor, a qualified sequential intercept model mapping workshop facilitator, a certified crisis intervention team coordinator, a juvenile fire-setter intervention specialist, and a nationally certified anger management specialist. Ridg is passionate about teaching and has taught crisis intervention and officer wellness topics at local, regional, and international levels. He is also an acting board member of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International.

Ridg is very community driven and serves or has served on several boards, including being the chairperson of the board for the Housing Authority of Malheur and Harney Counties. Ridg is a passionate outdoorsman and can often be found in the mountains with his family and friends.


Jo Pedro-Frye

Behavioral Health and Justice Specialist

Jo has worked in mental health since 2016 serving a vast range of clientele including children and families, severely persistent mentally ill, individuals experiencing mental health crisis, and those involved in the criminal justice system. Jo has an MS in psychology, BS in psychology, and a post graduate certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. In her time working in community mental health Jo has become a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor 1, a Mental Health Investigator, a Registered Behavior Interventionist, and a Qualified Mental Health Professional. Jo is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing (EMDR), Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as a Mental Health First Aid trainer.  

Jo is very community focused and puts great effort into collaborating with community partners. This has been a focus particularly when implementing her local jail diversion program as well as working on the mobile crisis team. Jo looks forward to sharing her passion for helping others throughout her work with the OCBHJI team.


CIT Introduction and Supporting Research Webinar 

CIT International – History and introduction to CIT