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For more information or to request Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training in your community, please contact Kellie Moran, Justice Systems Clinical Liaison for Sandhills Center — (336) 389-6132 — or — 1-800-256-2452.

Inaugural CIT training held in Hoke County

Hoke County sponsored its first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training August 6-10, 2018. In attendance were 17 officers and first responders from Cape Fear Emergency Medical Services, Sandhills Community College Police Department, Raeford Police Department, Pinehurst Police Department and the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office (including Rocky, a K-9 Officer with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office). The students participated in 40 hours of instruction, including topics such as mental illness, substance use, child and adolescent behavioral health, community site visits, hearing voices exercises, role-playing activities, trauma instruction and first responder mental health. The group also heard from panels of individuals and families with lived experiences. Lt. Jennifer Lewis from the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office served as the host officer. The inaugural CIT class in Hoke County was the result of a partnership between the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office, Sandhills Community College-Hoke Campus, NAMI, Therapeutic Alternatives, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, FirstHealth, Hoke County Emergency Medical Services, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Sandhills Center. Photo coming soon.

Guilford County holds CIT training

Guilford County held a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for law enforcement July 30 through August 3, 2018. Twenty officers graduated from the 40-hour course. The NC A&T State University Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office were represented. Many of the officers who participated are stationed in the school system as School Resource Officers. Lt. Demarr Inman from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office served as the host officer for the training. CIT is a collaboration of NAMI-Guilford, Guilford Technical Community College and Sandhills Center. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist.

Guilford County CIT graduates — July/August 2018

Lee County hosts Advanced CIT course

Lee County held its second Advanced CIT training course on June 25, 2018. Fifteen students from the Sanford Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and Lee County Emergency Medical Services participated in the 8-hour class. The Advanced CIT course is conducted exclusively for students who have graduated from a previous 40-hour CIT class. Advanced CIT in Lee County was cosponsored by Sandhills Center, the Sanford Police Department, NAMI-Lee, Harnett and Cumberland, and Central Carolina Community College. Sgt. Greg Deck of the Sanford Police Department served as host officer. Photo credit: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center Justice Systems Clinical Liaison.

Lee County Advanced CIT graduates — June 2018

Sandhills Center cosponsors CIT class for paramedics

Sandhills Center cosponsored CIT training for paramedics in Guilford County during the week of June 4, 2018. Eleven members of the Guilford County and Moore County emergency medical services (EMS) departments graduated from the 32-hour training. CIT for EMS in Guilford County also was cosponsored by NAMI Guilford, Guilford Technical Community College and Guilford County EMS. Chris Wilson, paramedic for Guilford County EMS, served as host officer. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist.

Guilford County CIT graduates – June 2018

Guilford County hosts its 20th CIT class

Sandhills Center and our community partners hosted the 20th Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training in Guilford County from April 23-27, 2018. The class was held at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), and Lt. Demarr Inman of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office served as the host officer. CIT is sponsored by Sandhills Center, NAMI Guilford, GTCC and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. Nineteen students completed the course. Agencies represented included the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Guilford Metro 911, UNC Greensboro Police Department, North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Probation & Parole, North Carolina A&T State University Police Department and the Greensboro Police Department. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist

Guilford County CIT graduates — April 2018

Sandhills Center publishes 2017 CIT Year In Review

Sandhills Center has compiled some highlights from the previous calendar year of Crisis Intervention Team training. We are proud of the efforts of our staff, first responders and community partners in making 2017 a great year for CIT. Click on the link below:

CIT 2017 Year in Review

Moore County hosts CIT training

Sandhills Center cosponsored Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training in Moore County from March 12-16. Lt. Bryan Monroe of the Moore County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) served as host officer. Graduates of the class include first responders from the Aberdeen Police Department, MCSO and Moore County Emergency Medical Services. Ten students completed the course, including the first paramedic to graduate in Moore County. CIT in Moore County is a collaboration between Sandhills Center and the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, NAMI-Moore County and Sandhills Community College. Photo credit: George E. Reynolds Jr., NAMI-Moore County.

Moore County CIT graduates — March 2018

Guilford County kicks off CIT 2018

The first Crisis Intervention Team training class of the new year was held in Guilford County from Feb. 19-23. Students represented nine first responder agencies including the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Greensboro Police Department, North Carolina A&T State University Police Department, Guilford Metro 911, Hillsboro Police Department, Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, King Police Department and the Forsyth Technical Community College Police Department. CIT in Guilford County is sponsored by Sandhills Center, NAMI-Guilford and Guilford Technical Community College. Lt. Demarr Inman of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office was the host officer. Additional CIT classes are planned for Guilford County in 2018. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist

Guilford County CIT graduates — February 2018

Moore County rounds out a successful year of CIT

The final Crisis Intervention Team training session of 2017 was held in Moore County from Oct. 30 through Nov. 3. Participants included 16 first responders from the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, FirstHealth Security, and the Southern Pines, Aberdeen and Pinehurst police departments. A highlight of the training included hearing from a CIT graduate who had used skills learned in CIT to diffuse a crisis situation. CIT in Moore County is sponsored by Sandhills Center, NAMI-Moore County, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office and Sandhills Community College. Lt. Bryan Monroe serves as host officer. This was the third CIT course that was held in Moore County during 2017. A total of 13 CIT training sessions were cosponsored by Sandhills Center this year. Planning is now underway for additional training throughout the nine-county Sandhills Center region in 2018. Photo credit: George Reynolds Jr., NAMI-Moore County

Moore County CIT graduates – November 2017

Guilford EMS personnel complete CIT training

Sandhills Center cosponsored CIT training for Emergency Medical Services personnel in Guilford County Oct. 16-19, 2017. Sixteen members of Guilford County EMS graduated from the 32-hour training. CIT in Guilford County is sponsored by Sandhills Center, NAMI-Guilford and Guilford Technical Community College. Chris Wilson, EMT-P, of Guilford County EMS, served as host officer. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist

Guilford EMS CIT graduates — October 2017

Guilford County is site for October CIT training

Sandhills Center cohosted Crisis Intervention (CIT) training in Guilford County Oct. 2-6, 2017, at Guilford Technical Community College. Lt. Demarr Inman served as the host officer. CIT is sponsored by Sandhills Center, NAMI-Guilford, Guilford Technical Community College and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. Twenty first responders completed the course. Agencies represented included Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Guilford Metro 911, UNC Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, King Police Department, Archdale Police Department, and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety-Probation and Parole. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist

Guilford County CIT graduates – October 2017

Sandhills Center assists with EMToday CIT training for second year

Sandhills Center cosponsored CIT training with the NC Office of Emergency Medical Services and Forsyth EMS from Sept. 30 through Oct. 3, 2017. This 32-hour course was part of the Emergency Medicine Today 2017 annual statewide conference, held in Greensboro (Guilford County). Paramedics and firefighters from throughout North Carolina participated in the class. Cpt. Tara Tucker, of Forsyth EMS, served as host officer. This is the second year in a row that Sandhills Center has cosponsored this training. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist

EMToday CIT graduates — October 2017

Lee County hosts CIT refresher course

Sandhills Center, in conjunction with the Sanford Police Department, piloted an eight-hour CIT refresher session. Five members of the Sanford Police Department graduated from the course, which was held during the week of Sept. 18, 2017. Lee County Health Department, Central Carolina Hospital and Central Carolina Community College coordinated the course with Sandhills Center. Sgt. Gregory Deck served as host officer. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist

Lee County CIT Refresher Course graduates — September/October 2017

Moore County CIT in August

Sandhills Center proudly cosponsored CIT training in Moore County the week of August 14. This is the second such training for law enforcement held at Sandhills Community College in Moore County during 2017. Participants represented multiple agencies including the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, Moore County Schools, FirstHealth Security, Southern Pines Police Department and the Aberdeen Police Department. CIT is sponsored through a collaboration between Sandhills Center, NAMI-Moore, Sandhills Community College, FirstHealth and the Moore County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Shannon Garner and Lt. Bryan Monroe of the Moore County Sheriff’s Office cohosted the class. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist

Moore County CIT graduates — August 2017

CIT held in Harnett County

Sandhills Center is proud to have cosponsored CIT training in Harnett County the week of June 12, 2017. Nineteen members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office (including two telecommunicators) graduated from the 40-hour training. In addition to Sandhills Center, CIT in Harnett County was sponsored by NAMI Cumberland, Lee & Harnett, Central Carolina Community College, Good Hope Hospital, Harnett Health, and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Scott Jeffries of the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office served as host officer. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist.

Harnett County CIT graduates - June 2017

Harnett County CIT graduates — June 2017

Eight earn CIT certification in Lee County

Sandhills Center cosponsored CIT training for eight members of several law enforcement agencies in Lee and surrounding counties May 15-19, 2017. The training was held at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford. Participants were telecommunicators, and officers and deputies representing the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Sanford Police Department and Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. CIT in Lee County is coordinated by Sandhills Center, LeeCAN, CCCC and the Sanford Police Department. Sgt. Gregory Deck hosted the class. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist.

Lee County CIT graduates - May 2017

Lee County CIT graduates — May 2017

Richmond County hosts CIT

A 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team Training was held for 10 members of several law enforcement agencies during the week of May 1, 2017. The host officer was Lt. Clyde Smith of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Participants were from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Hamlet Police Department, Rockingham Police Department, and Richmond Community College Police Department. In Richmond County, CIT was cosponsored through a collaboration between Sandhills Center, National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)- Moore County, Richmond Community College, Rockingham Police Department, Hamlet Police Department, and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Photo credit: George E. Reynolds Jr., NAMI-Moore County.

Richmond CIT May 2017 (1)

Richmond County CIT graduates — May 2017

 Guilford County hosts CIT training in April

Sandhills Center cosponsored CIT training in Guilford County for 19 members of several law enforcement agencies from April 24-28, 2017. The week-long class was held at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Jamestown. Participants represented the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Guilford Metro 911, UNC-Greensboro Police 911 Center, High Point Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, and the Haw River Police Department. CIT in Guilford County is sponsored by Sandhills Center, NAMI-Guilford, GTCC and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. The host officer for CIT in Guilford County is Lt. Demarr Inman of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. Photo (below) by Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist.

Guilford CIT with sponsors April 2017 for WEB

Guilford County CIT graduates and sponsors — April 2017

 First-ever CIT class held in Anson County

Sandhills Center is proud to have cosponsored the first-ever CIT Training in Anson County. Eleven members of several law enforcement agencies in Anson and surrounding counties graduated from the training that was held April 3-7, 2017, at South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) in Wadesboro. Participants were officers and deputies representing the Anson County Sheriff’s Office, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Police Department, Anson County Magistrate’s Office, and the Wadesboro Police Department. Anson County CIT is sponsored through a partnership between Sandhills Center, NAMI-Moore County, SPCC and the Wadesboro Police Department. Photo credit: George E. Reynolds Jr., NAMI-Moore County.

Anson CIT April 2017 FINAL

 Sandhills Center cosponsors CIT Training in Moore County

Twenty-four members of several law enforcement and emergency services agencies participated in Crisis Intervention Team Training in Moore County. Cosponsored by Sandhills Center, the training was conducted from March 13-17, 2017, at Sandhills Community College in Moore County. Participants (both sworn officers and telecommunicators) were from the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Aberdeen, Whispering Pines, Pinehurst, Sanford and Sandhills Community College police departments. CIT in Moore County is sponsored through a collaboration between Sandhills Center, NAMI-Moore County, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Sandhills Community College and the Moore County Sheriff’s Office. Photo (below) courtesy of George Reynolds Jr., NAMI-Moore County.

Moore County CIT graduates and sponsors, March 2017

Moore County CIT graduates and sponsors — March 2017

 CIT graduates 24 from throughout Guilford County

Sandhills Center cosponsored CIT training for 24 members of several law enforcement and emergency services agencies from Feb. 27 through March 3, 2017. The training was held at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Jamestown. Participants were sworn officers and telecommunicators representing the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Guilford Metro 911, the UNC-Greensboro Police 911 Center, and the police departments of Greensboro, High Point and GTCC. CIT in Greensboro is sponsored through a collaboration between Sandhills Center, NAMI-Guilford, GTCC and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Communications Specialist, Sandhills Center.

Guilford County CIT -- Feb/March 2017

Guilford County CIT graduates — Feb/March 2017

 Guilford EMS completes CIT Training

Sandhills Center recently cosponsored CIT training for 14 members of the Guilford County EMS team. The intensive 32-hour training course took place Oct. 31 through Nov. 3. CIT training for EMS personnel is a four-day course, compared to the five day, 40-hour program that is required for law enforcement personnel. The EMS group was the 41st CIT class to graduate in the Sandhills Center region. We now have trained a total of 910 police officers, sheriff’s deputies and first responders. Sandhills Center wishes to thank partners NAMI-Guilford, GTCC and the many volunteer instructors who continue to support this valuable effort. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Communications Specialist, Sandhills Center.

Guilford County EMS graduates, November 2016

Guilford County EMS graduates — November 2016

 CIT growing in Sandhills Center region

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is growing exponentially in the Sandhills Center region. Sandhills Center recently cosponsored three weeks of CIT training within the nine-county catchment area, and more are planned in the very near future. In total since 2008, Sandhills Center has cosponsored 40 CIT classes, graduating 896 police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other first-responders. The most recent class was cosponsored by Sandhills Center and was featured as part of EMToday, the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services annual conference, held in Guilford County.  Photo credits for Guilford County and EMToday: Heather Odendahl, Communications Specialist, Sandhills Center. Photo credit for Randolph County: Randolph Community College.

Guilford County CIT graduates, September 2016

Guilford County CIT graduates — September 2016

 

Randolph County CIT graduates, October 2016

Randolph County CIT graduates — October 2016

 

NC Office of EMS/EMToday CIT Graduates, October 2016

NC Office of EMS/EMToday CIT graduates, October 2016

Lee County celebrates CIT grads

A CIT graduation celebration for 19 law enforcement personnel and first responders (pictured below) was held in Lee County on August 19, 2016. Guest speaker for the ceremony was Mr. Sam Gaskins, Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Sanford. Many other local dignitaries and supporters attended. The graduates represented the following departments: Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Sanford Police Department, Siler City Police Department (Chatham County) and Lee County EMS. Sandhills Center offers many thanks to host officer Sgt. Greg Deck of the Sanford Police Department for his guidance and leadership. We also wish to express our gratitude to the following community partners: LeeCAN Mental Health Partners, Lee County Public Health Department, Central Carolina Community College, the City of Sanford Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Broadway Police Department, Central Carolina Hospital, Lee Harnett Family Support, and NAMI of Cumberland, Harnett and Lee Counties. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Communications Specialist, Sandhills Center.

Lee County CIT graduates — August 2016

June 20-24 Sandhills Center CIT Training in Guilford County

Sandhills Center hosted Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training from June 20-27 in Guilford County. There were 21 participants (see below) representing the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Greensboro Police Department, UNCG Police Department, Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) Police Department, Guilford County EMS and the Graham Police Department (Alamance County). Participants experienced site visits, role playing exercises and in-class lectures relating to appropriate handling of mental health crisis situations. Sandhills Center partners with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, GTCC and NAMI-Guilford to provide this 40-hour training program. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Communications Specialist, Sandhills Center.

June 2016 CIT Graduates in Guilford County

Guilford County CIT graduates — June 2016

 Sandhills CIT training March 7-11 in Guilford County

Sandhills Center held its 14th Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training in Guilford County the week of March 7, 2016. The 28 participants represented the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, GTCC Police Department, Guilford Metro 9-1-1, UNC-G Police Department and the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office. As part of the week-long, 40-hour training program, site visits were hosted by Sanctuary House, Lifespan, Open Door Ministries and Caring Services. Professional instructors included representatives of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services; Guilford County Magistrate’s office, Daymark Recovery Services, Monarch, RHA Behavioral Health, Therapeutic Alternatives, the Kellin Foundation/Crisis Response Initiative, Caring Services, Cone Health, Youth Focus, Alzheimers NC, ACTS Ministry, High Point Police Department, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, NAMI-Guilford, and Sandhills Center. The CIT training courses held in Guilford County are a partnership between Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), NAMI-Guilford and Sandhills Center.

Pictured, above: Local police officers, along with Sandhills Center staff, participate in role-playing exercises to de-escalate crisis situations. Photo credits: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center Communications Specialist; and Arch Embler, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 CIT training held February 8-12 in Randolph County

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training was held Feb 8-12, 2016, at Randolph Community College Foundation Center, sponsored by the Randolph County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). There were six participants including one Randolph County Sheriff’s officer, two Asheboro Police Department officers and three Randolph County Emergency Services 9-1-1 dispatchers. The host officer was MLT Maxine Wright, retired, who has volunteered her time with the CIT program since completing her CIT certification in 2008. Pictured above: CIT training officers and instructors at Randolph Community College. Photo, below, courtesy of Randolph Community College.

Randolph County CIT granduates and trainers

Randolph CIT graduates — May 2016