Jack Rozel, MD, MSL, Honored by Crisis Intervention Team International as 2020 Behavioral Healthcare Practitioner of the Year

Please join us in congratulating Jack Rozel, MD, MSL (Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of Law), who has been named 2020 Behavioral Healthcare Practitioner of the Year. 

An expert in emergency psychiatry and crisis intervention, Dr. Rozel is Medical Director, resolve Crisis Services, which provides mental health crisis intervention and stabilization through phone, mobile, walk-in and residential services. He is also president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry, the premier professional organization in his field. Dr. Rozel is frequently invited to speak on emergency psychiatry, crisis intervention, and law, mental health and public policy, and has chaired the mental health law and legislation subcommittee of the mental health and justice advisory committee (Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency) as well as served on Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s Special Council on Gun Violence. 

“It’s is a humbling honor, especially at a critical time for police and community relations. Finding safe and effective ways for law enforcement to respond to emergencies in the community—especially for people who need a psychiatric or social intervention far more than an arrest—has been part of CIT’s mission since inception,” said Dr. Rozel. He added, “CIT is often misperceived as a training. Indeed, training is an important part of the model, but the key is team development and building relationships between mental health and law enforcement partners. These relationships help us problem solve individual cases and help us respond to new systemic challenges and opportunities for our communities.”