CIT Training: Congratulations Graduates!

Southside Behavioral Health continues its commitment to serve the counties of Brunswick, Mecklenburg, and Halifax by hosting its fifth Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) 40-hour core training class. This important training ensures individuals with behavioral health needs receive an appropriate response from trained officers in times of emergency. It also assists these individuals in receiving the necessary care to keep them out of our local prison systems.

Crisis Intervention Team training is a nationally recognized week-long class. In this most recent session, we graduated a total of 12 participants. The class was made up of two troopers with the Virginia State Police, two officers with Brunswick County Sheriff’s office, one 911 operator with Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, two 911 operators with Halifax County E-911 Center, one officer with South Boston Police Department, one officer with Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, two officers with Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, and the ES Director with Southside Behavioral Health. Instructors from various collaborative mental health professionals and law enforcement agencies covered topics relative to crisis intervention. To date, all three counties have participated in these courses for a total of 69 officers and 911 operators. Congratulations to the latest graduating class! Our next class will be held December 6-10, 2021.

The names for the picture starting on the first row from the left are Alisha Waldron – ES Director Southside Behavioral Health, Rebecca Simmerman – Southside Behavioral Health, Jonnette Edmonds – Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office -911, Wanda Brock – Southside Behavioral Health, Danielle Younger – Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Ashlee Conner – Halifax County E-911 Center, Angela Williamson – Halifax County E-911 Center Second Row: Amy Jackson – South Boston Police Department, Joey Lopresti – Sgt. Investigator Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler Harding – Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Joshua Rice – South Boston Police Department, Tyler Duncan – Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Jamie King – Investigator Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Brent Evans – Lt. Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Medlin – Sgt. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Joe Balek – Trooper Virginia State Police, James Weidman – Trooper Virginia State Police, Josh Harris – Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Karen Johnson – Halifax County E-911 Center