The sixth Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training academy was held March 17-21 by Johnston County Mental Health and Johnston Community College. Three law enforcement officers and two EMS lieutenants became newly certified CIT personnel.
CIT is a training and response program designed for law enforcement and other first responders who handle crisis calls involving people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and alcohol and substance abuse disorders.
CIT training provides an “on-the-job-tool” that can be used by law enforcement personnel and other first responders to recognize mental health issues and crises, to de-escalate crisis situations, to enhance and maintain officer, consumer and public safety and to assist in directing individuals with mental illness to the appropriate health care systems and reduce their involvement in the criminal justice system.
The following agencies in Johnston County have certified CIT officers: Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Smithfield Police, Clayton Police, Benson Police, Selma Police, Princeton Police, Johnston County Emergency Medical Services, Johnston Health, Department of Public Safety Adult Corrections and the Mental Health Association of Johnston County.
The next CIT Training Academies are scheduled for August 4-8, and October 20-24. For more information about CIT, call Charlene Meyers at the Johnston County Mental Health Center at 919-989-5575.