Captain Stacey L. Owens

Simpsonville, SC

Stacey L. Owens is a member of the NAMI Board of Directors, and a Captain at The Greenville Police Department in Greenville, SC.  Stacey is a member of NAMI Greenville where he serves as the Vice President.

Stacey found NAMI in 2010 after Greenville Police Officers experienced an unfortunate in-custody death of a man suffering from mental illness.  Stacey hopes to spread the awareness and education of CIT to officers throughout the United States through his affiliation with NAMI.

Since 2010, Stacey became the Greenville Police Department’s first CIT coordinator and implemented the first CIT program.  Since implementing the department’s CIT program, he has presented at the CIT International Conference along with numerous presentations nationwide and participation in panel discussions.  In addition, Stacey has testified to the South Carolina House & Senate Judiciary Committee and testified in U. S. Federal Court on the importance of CIT training.   As a result, a South Carolina bill was passed mandating every officer in the state have mental health training. He has also assisted other agencies across SC with the implementation of their own CIT programs and assisted the US Attorney’s Office and the SC Criminal Justice Academy with a 2- hour training video called “An Officer’s Response”. This video is currently being shown to all police officers in SC.

Stacey holds a master’s degree from Anderson University in Anderson, SC.

During the 2018-2019 Board term, Stacey will serve on the Governance and Policy Committees and will chair the Progressive Disciple Workgroup.