Pictured are local law enforcement and corrections officers who completed CIT training on May 10. (Submitted photo)
Pictured are local law enforcement and corrections officers who completed CIT training on May 10. (Submitted photo)
The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board is pleased to announce that 10 law enforcement officers and corrections officers who serve in the Paint Valley ADAMH board region completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training on Friday, May 10.

The weeklong (40-hour) 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.

Participating officers from Highland County included Officer Betsy Bryant, Officer Daniel Hopkins and Sgt. Aaron Reynolds, all of the Hillsboro Police Department.

Since Paint Valley ADAMH’s first CIT Training in 2013, a total of 145 officers or first responders have complete CIT Training. Fayette County has four CIT officers, Highland County has 36 CIT officers, Pickaway County has 25 CIT officers, Pike County has 11 CIT officers and Ross County has 69 CIT officers.

“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,” Penny Dehner, Associate Director of the Paint Valley ADAMH Board said. “We are really excited to be continuing to make this annual training available the first week of May each year. In addition to this training, we will be adding a two-day CIT Correction Officer training in October.”

The CIT Planning Committee is comprised of mental health providers, law enforcement officers and Veterans Administration professionals that worked together to develop a local CIT training. This training is funded by The Paint Valley ADAMH Board. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Ohio provides additional funding for presenters to assure the best training in the state would be available for the law enforcement officers. The Paint Valley ADAMH Board would like to thank the staff of the Ross County Board of DD, SPVMHC, VA Medical Center and NAMI for their contributions to this training.

The Paint Valley ADAMH Board would also like to thank Sun Room Catering of Frankfort for preparing breakfast for officers during this week of training. The following businesses are also being acknowledged for their generous donation of meals for the officers' lunch: 7 Miles Smokehouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Tumbleweed Restaurant, Subway and Jimmy John’s Subs.

Paint Valley ADAMH Board was created in 1967 to ensure the availability of community-based alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services for the residents of Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross counties.

For more information, please call the Paint Valley ADAMH Board at 740-773-2283.