About Us

Staff

Don Kamin, Ph.D.

Don Kamin, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institute for Police, Mental Health & Community Collaboration. In this role, he works closely with the NYS Office of Mental Health to develop Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs throughout NYS and to coordinate the telehealth Mobile Access Program (MAP). He is a clinical psychologist who collaborates with law enforcement, behavioral health system representatives, and other community partners to address the needs of individuals with mental illness and their family members through system reform, improved collaboration, and training initiatives. Dr. Kamin previously served as a County Mental Health Director/Director of Community Services in Wyoming County and has held a variety of other positions at the interface of the mental health and criminal justice system. He was formerly a Police Academy Instructor and assisted in the development of the first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program in New York State in 2004. Currently, he also serves as the Senior Advisor on Mental Health and Criminal Justice for the Monroe County Office of Mental Health.

Dr. Kamin is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center and an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Roberts Wesleyan College. He was on the Board of Directors of CIT International from 2015 through 2020. He is a co-author of the publication entitled Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Programs: A Best Practice Guide for Transforming Community Responses to Mental Health Crises. Although he spends most of his time in New York, Dr. Kamin has worked in many other states and conducted CIT-related work in Liberia, West Africa in 2020.

Dr. Kamin is a graduate of Vassar College and received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Ohio University. He completed pre-doctoral training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine/University Hospitals of Cleveland and post-doctoral training in forensic psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Kamin has received several awards recognizing his work from law enforcement departments and advocacy organizations.


Jennie Dixon, LCSW

Jennie Dixon is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Police, Mental Health & Community Collaboration. As the Assistant Director, Jennie provides support, training, and quality improvement for the Institute’s various projects, including but not limited to Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program development and the ongoing expansion of the telehealth Mobile Access Program (MAP). Jennie’s passion and focus is the transformation of crisis systems through strengthening behavioral health response networks and reducing reliance on law enforcement. Jennie is a licensed clinical social worker with a background in community-based mental health treatment, crisis response, and program development and management. Prior to her role at the Institute, she was the manager of a mental health crisis response team in Monroe County. During her tenure there, she developed and implemented a co-responder model that automatically dispatched clinicians to 911 calls and collaborated with two local peer-led agencies to incorporate peers into the program. Jennie obtained a Bachelor of Psychology and Sociology from SUNY Geneseo in 2011 and a Master of Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2015.


Consultants

Sergeant Christopher Bax

Sergeant Christopher Bax

Detective Sergeant Alan Bell (ret.), EMT-P, MPA

Detective Sergeant Alan Bell (ret.), EMT-P, MPA

Chief Brian Gould, M.S.

Chief Brian Gould (ret.), M.S.

Mark Guiliano, MSW

Mark Giuliano, MSW

Sheriff James Quattrone, M.S.

Sheriff James Quattrone, M.S.

Officer Mark A. Walker (ret.)

Officer Mark A. Walker (ret.)

Amy Watson, Ph.D.

Amy Watson, Ph.D.

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