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CIT Training Mayland Community College-Avery Campus PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 03:42

A total of 16 participants including officers from Avery County Sheriff’s Office, Boone Police Department, Appalachian Regional Health Care, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, ASU and Marion Police Department completed Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) at Mayland Community College Avery Campus the week of August 1-5, 2011. Other participants were an ARHC telecommunitcator, a Chaplain with Avery County Law Enforcement and an Avery County New River Mobile Crisis Clinician.  This is the second CIT Training held at the Avery Campus. 
The 40-hour class was sponsored by Smoky Mountain Center for mental health, Mayland Community College, High Country NAMI, New River Behavioral Health Care and Avery County Sheriff’s Office.  The presenters included Avery County Sheriff’s Office, clinician from Smoky Mountain Center, New River Behavioral Health Care, High Country NAMI, The Western Alzheimer’s Association, The Western Regional Office of Aging and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. 
The objectives of the training were to increase law enforcement’s knowledge about mental illness; to learn about their community resources; to learn how to connect mental health clients to the appropriate services and to avoid incarceration and involuntary commitments when appropriate. 
The class made field visits to Cannon Hospital Behavioral Health Unit and Cranberry House.  The class toured both facilities; met with the staff; observed a group therapy session and interacted with the residents.  All class members said that this was informative and a valuable learning experience.
The graduation ceremony included a delicious catered luncheon from Loaves and Fishes. Certificates from Mayland Community College and Gold CIT pins were presented to law enforcement officers by Sgt. Lee Buchanan with Avery County Sheriff’s Office and Ann Robinson, Emergency Services and CIT Coordinator with Smoky Mountain Center.
Smoky Mountain Center is planning to facilitate another CIT Training in Watauga County the week of October 31.

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