PADUCAH, KY– Since 1978, Four Rivers Behavioral Health has presented the Lovey Raburn Award to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and service in the areas of Mental Health, Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities or Substance Abuse. This year, the company named Sgt. Joey Adams of the Kentucky State Police Post One in Mayfield as the Raburn Award winner.
Sgt. Adams is the regional chairperson for Crisis Intervention Training. CIT is a program designed for Kentucky law enforcement officers to help educate them in Crisis Intervention as it relates to encounters with those who have mental health issues.
Crisis Intervention Training helps to develop more effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and the community as a whole. The training of law enforcement officers builds awareness of mental health issues through education and outreach.
The award is named in memory of Lovey Raburn, a Carlisle County resident who served as a member of Four Rivers Behavioral Health’s Board of Directors for many years.
Sgt. Adams, in addition to being the regional chairperson of the CIT program, helps coordinate the annual training event held at Four Rivers Behavioral Health. He is a resident of Carlisle County and so it is especially fitting that he receive an award named in honor of another Carlisle County resident.
Previous award winners are listed on a plaque displayed in the Carlisle County Courthouse.
Four Rivers Behavioral Health is a private, not-for-profit agency that for more than 50 years has provided comprehensive mental health, substance abuse and developmental/intellectual disability services to clients in Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, McCracken, and Marshall Counties.