YOUNGSTOWN — Lt. Salvatore Pascarella of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office was recognized as the CIT Officer of the Year on Friday by the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board.
Pascarella and this year's other Mental Health and Recovery Award winners were honored at a special ceremony at the Tyler History Center.
The honorees included individuals and organizations throughout the Mahoning Valley who are working to help address the mental health and recovery needs of residents throughout Mahoning County.
The other 2021 award recipients are:
- Program of the Year: The Mahoning County Family and Children’s First Council Service Coordination;
- Crisis Incident Stress Management Award: Lt. Tom Collins of the Austintown Police Department;
- Front Line Staff of The Year (VanGuard Award): Help Network of Northeast Ohio Suicide Crisis Hotline;
- Support Staff of the Year (Pillar Award): Lucia Lovell of the Mahoning County Probate Court;
- Leadership Award: Pastor Michael H. Harrison Sr. of Union Baptist Church;
- Advocate Award: Ellen Taylor of Compass Family & Community Services.
“It’s an honor for the board to gather each year and recognize the contributions of these individuals and organizations to the health and wellness of our community," Duane Piccirilli, executive director of the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board, said in a news release. "Throughout this pandemic, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the need for mental health and recovery services in our community, which makes the work they are doing even more important."