Police officers from around the county recently completed the crisis intervention team (CIT) training coordinated by the Mental Health & Recovery Board.
The CIT program trains officers and others to handle incidents involving people who have a mental illness, to manage crisis situations for the safety of everyone involved, and to learn about mental illness and substance use disorders. CIT is a collaborative effort, between law enforcement and the mental health community, to direct persons with mental illness into treatment instead of inappropriate incarceration.
Communication and de-escalation techniques, trauma-informed care, alcohol and drug addiction, alternatives to jail, information about local service providers, are all part of the 40-hour classroom and hands-on CIT training.
The program is sponsored nationally by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
The officers who completed the 2019 Crisis Intervention Team training in Portage County are:Collin Whitmyer, Mogadore Village; Amy Dailey, Mogadore Village; Jake Rapp, Brimfield Police; James Carrozzi, Brimfield Police; Anthony Yoder, Hiram Police; Dennis Pongracz, Hiram Police; Cori Germani, Sheriff’s Office; Torey Frame, Streetsboro Police; Shawnell Bradley, Sheriff’s Office; and Deana Lee, Sheriff’s Office.