Officers Complete Crisis Intervention Team Training

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.

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The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County funds services for Portage County residents through its network of agencies. Services help families, adults, teens and children with mental illness, depression, addictions, in crisis and at risk for suicide.


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