Benefiting from a Crisis Intervention Team—June 13, 2017 workshop

An emphasis on responding to mental health issues

This workshop brought together representatives from all six CRC institutions to address how to respond to security issues when mental health is a part of the scenario. The two presenters brought extensive background from the City of Raleigh Police Department and from a behavioral health agency. They encouraged the college security, counseling and health services officers to contact them on a regular basis.

Officer Michael Macario (Mac) is a Senior Training Officer with the Raleigh Police Department. Mac is stationed at RPD’s Training Academy, where he is instrumental in training new recruits on how to become a law enforcement officer. Mac went through the second class of CIT back in 2005. He now teaches the “What is CIT” and “Verbal De-escalation” blocks of the training. Mac also oversees the reality based role-plays during the week.

Roosevelt Richard is a Criminal Justice Specialist with Alliance Behavioral Healthcare. Alliance Behavioral Healthcare is the Managed Care Organization that oversees public dollars (Medicaid and IPRS) for behavioral health services. This includes mental health, substance use, and intellectual developmental disabilities. His primary responsibilities are to coordinate the 40 hour CIT class in Wake County. He also works with the jail to ensure if someone has a mental illness and is incarcerated, they can begin to receive treatment while in the jail.

Workshop presenters: Mac Macario of the Raleigh Police Department (top and left) and Roosevelt Richard of Alliance Behavioral Healthcare (second photo in this column.)

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