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Updated for 2017 - Johnston County Mental Health Pocket Guides of Community Resources are now available at the Mental Health Center.  Click here for a printable list of the community resources contained in the guide

 

Johnston County CIT Class 14 

The 14th Johnston County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training Academy graduated eleven participants in July 2017. CIT Training is based on the Memphis (TN) Model that provides law enforcement and other first responders with 40 hours of additional training to respond to people in mental health crisis. The total number of local first responders to receive the vital training since the program began in December 2011 is 181.

14th CIT Academy Graduates

CIT Graduates: (left to right):

Charlene Meyers- CIT Program Coordinator, Tomeka Moore- Selma PD, William Medlin- Selma PD, James Barbour- Smithfield PD, Rontavier Wooden- Smithfield PD, Will Faircloth- Smithfield PD, David Sholes- Smithfield PD, Pam Parker- Johnston County EMS, Aaron Casey- Johnston County EMS, Emily Peele- Johnston County EMS, Robert Moyer- Clayton PD, William McIntosh- Clayton PD, Andy Jernigan- CIT Lead Officer- Clayton PD.

 

 

Cat in the Hat Came to Visit!

 Cat in the Hat

Through the month of March, April, and May Cat in the Hat has been busy in Johnston County visiting kids in area schools and libraries. Cat in the Hat has been reading The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss teaching inclusion, fairness and equality. The Sneetches is a story about two different types of Sneetches: plain Sneetches and Sneetches with stars on their bellies. The star-bellied Sneetches think they are better than the plain Sneetches and often exclude them from playing ball and participating in marshmallow roasts.

“This is our second year reading to young kids to bring about emotional awareness,” stated Felecia Ferrell, Johnston County Community Relations System of Care Coordinator. “The kids are excited to see Cat in the Hat, they are really engaged and seem to be absorbing the message,” said Roxanne Curry, Johnston County Community Relations housing Specialist aka Cat in the Hat. She added “Listening to The Sneetches can open up a great opportunity for discussion at home about friendship and uniqueness.”

By the end of May, Ferrell and Curry will have visited and read to more than 1,200 kids ages ranging from 2 to 8. Upon each visit The Sneetches book is donated by Johnston County Mental Health Center. Also, some 300 educators including principals, teachers, center directors, and librarians have been given a folder filled with resource information and training opportunities by Johnston County Mental Health Center.

For mental health, intellectual/developmental or substance use disorder information or assistance call 919-989-5500 or 1-888-815-8934.

For more information on a visit from Cat in the Hat and about Johnston County resources please feel free to contact Roxanne Curry at 919-989-5514 or roxanne.curry@johnstonnc.com. Johnston County Mental Health Center, 521 North Brighleaf Blvd., Smithfield, N.C. 27577

 

 

Crisis Intervention Training Reception  

2017 CIT Reception

Pictured: Johnston County EMS System Honor Guard (Courtesy of Tiffany King-Batiste)

 

Johnston County Mental Health Center held its 1st Annual CIT Reception and Celebration on March 21, 2017 to honor law enforcement and first responders who have completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training.  Those who complete the 40 hour training become certified CIT Officers and part of the Johnston CIT Program. The Johnston Program also celebrated its 5th year anniversary.

Attendees included County Commissioner Keith Branch, Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell, Princeton Police Chief Tyrone Sutton, Selma Police Chief Richard Cooper, Smithfield Police Chief Keith Powell, Johnston County Emergency Services Director Kim Robertson, Johnston Community College President Dr. David Johnson, Johnston County Mental Health Center Director Dr. Janis Nutt, Division of MH/DD/SAS Justice Systems Program Manager Dr. Bob Kurtz and other honored guests.

 

 

Johnston County CIT Class 13 

The 13th Johnston County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training Academy graduated eighteen participants in February 2017. CIT Training is based on the Memphis (TN) Model that provides law enforcement and other first responders with 40 hours of additional training to respond to people in mental health crisis. The total number of local first responders to receive the vital training since the program began in December 2011 is 170.

13th CIT Academy Graduates

CIT Graduates: (left to right):

CIT Graduates pictured: Jessica Crawford, Brian Temple, Elizabeth Gower, Jordan Byrd, Hank Martinez, Clarence Figgins, Anthony Bradshaw, Matthew Peedin, Deanna Harris, James Rodgers, Richard Cooper, Ashley Hall, Travis Ross, Brandon Evans, Johnathan Solomon, Ronny Matthews, Chris Driver.

 

 

Johnston County CIT Class 12 

The 12th Johnston County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training Academy graduated twenty-one participants in August 2016. CIT Training is based on the Memphis (TN) Model that provides law enforcement and other first responders with 40 hours of additional training to respond to people in mental health crisis. The total number of local first responders to receive the vital training since the program began in December 2011 is 152.

The certification is obtained through the Johnston County Mental Health Center and Johnston Community College.

12th CIT Academy Graduates

CIT Graduates: (left to right): Banks Wallace- Emergency Services, Brian Clifton- JCSO,  Andrew McCoy- JCSO, Daniel Bailey- JCSO, Freddie Brooks West- Johnston UNC Health Care, Jordan Haddock- JCSO, Patrick Millar- Clayton PD, Nicholas Harrison- Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Russell Flint- Clayton PD, Kaitlyn Caldwell- Benson PD, Tyler Johnson- Clayton PD, Robyn Roberts-EMS, Jason Linder- Clayton PD, Genevieve Salyers - EMS, Daniel Daniels- EMS, Melissa Hickman- EMS, Mark Somerville- Clayton PD, Jamie Brantley- Clayton PD, James Ward- Selma PD,  Brian Pounds- Clayton PD, Miguel Duran Jr- Clayton PD.

 

 

 

Johnston County CIT Class 11 

The 11th Johnston County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training academy was held February 15-19, 2016 and graduated its largest class to date of 21. Since December 2011, 131 law enforcement officers and other first responders have become certified CIT Officers through the Johnston County Mental Health Center and Johnston Community College. We are looking forward to continued growth of the CIT Program in Johnston County.

11th CIT Academy Graduates

CIT Graduates: Left to right: Charles Williams- FSU PD, Michael Savage- JCSO, Crystal Daughtry- Princeton PD, Virginia Singletary- EMS, David Johnson- JCSO, Stacey Turner- EMS, Victor Denoble- Smithfield PD, Ellis Daniels- EMS, Dwayne Shubert- EMS, Amy Boykin- EMS, Patrick Medlin- Clayton PD, John Parker- Clayton PD, Terrance Phillips- FSU PD, Luis Cruz- FSU PD, Terry Avery- Selma PD, Colonel Kilpatrick- Clayton PD, Joshua Layhew- Selma PD, Brandon Allen- JCSO, Erick Martinez- Clayton PD, William Roberts- FSU PD, James Moore- FSU PD

 

2015 

CIT - 10th Academy

CIT - 9th Academy

 

2014

CIT - 8th Academy

Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives

 

2013

CIT - 7th Academy

Johnston County Public Health - Behavioral Health Division

 

2011

Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust Grant Implemented

 

2010

Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust Grant Announced