ADAMH Board provides Crisis Intervention Training for First Responders.
The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board is pleased to announce that 10 law enforcement and correction officers, who serve in the ADAMH Board region, completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training on Sept. 17th. The weeklong training was designed for law enforcement officers and first responders to react appropriately to situations involving someone with a mental illness or a developmental disability.
Penny Dehner, Executive Director of the ADAMH Board, stated, “It is very important to assure that we have trained officers in our board region, not only for the safety of our officers, but also for our communities. We were delighted to successfully complete the training in person, despite the uptick in COVID positive cases. It is a testament to the officers, trainers, mental health professionals, and consumers and their dedication to adhere to CDC guidelines. We appreciate the support and thank everyone committed to CIT to make this training possible.”
The CIT Planning Committee is comprised of mental health providers from Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center (SPVMHC), law enforcement officers and Veterans Administration (VA) professionals that worked together to develop a local CIT training. This training is funded by the ADAMH Board and facilitated by Dr. James Hagen. Thank you to the staff of the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities, SPVMHC, VA Medical Center and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for their contributions to our training.
The Paint Valley ADAMH Board would like to thank Sun Room Catering of Frankfort, for catering breakfast and McDonald’s on Western Avenue for donating coffee every morning during the week of training. We would like to acknowledge the following businesses for their generous donation or discounted meals for our officers: Tumbleweed Restaurant, Jimmy John’s, Giovanni’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and 7 Miles Smokehouse.
Congratulations to the following officers who completed the 40-hour CIT Training:
September 2021 CIT Officers
|Devan Goen||Deputy||Highland County Sheriff|
|Joseph Hugus||Deputy||Pickaway County Sheriff|
|Donald Kelley||Sergeant||State Highway Patrol|
|Thomas Royster||Officer||Adena Health System|
|Caleb Sizemore||Officer||Chillicothe Police Department|
|Stephen Sprague||Officer||Chillicothe Police Department|
|Brandon Young||Deputy||Highland County Sheriff|
Since the first ADAMH CIT Training in 2013, a total of 155 officers or first responders have completed CIT Training. Fayette County has four CIT officers, Highland County has 37 CIT officers, Pickaway County has 26 CIT officers, Pike County has 11 CIT officers and Ross County has 76 CIT officers.