Crisis Intervention Team Training Programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way Law Enforcement, EMS/Fire/Rescue, and Tele-communicators respond to people experiencing mental health crises. Crisis Intervention Team is commonly referred to as CIT. CIT training programs are built on strong partnerships among Eastpointe, law enforcement and other first responder agencies, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness. Eastpointe supports this initiative by providing CIT Training for free.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Identify mental disorders and give specific examples of the similarities and differences of each.
  • Describe various traits/characteristics of individuals with substance use disorders, mental illness, and/or intellectual disabilities and displayed behaviors when they experience a crisis.
  • Demonstrate verbal de-escalation skills and effective communication skills.
  • Identify local resources, helpful information and alternatives to higher-end services such as petitions to the court, involuntary commitment to psychiatric hospitals, etc.
  • Identify and discuss Eastpointe’s referral process and its role in continuity of care of members.
  • Explain the importance of community resources to enhance member out-comes.
  • Identify and discuss challenges when dealing with individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.

Eastpointe has been conducting trainings since 2008 and has trained over 1,400 individuals.

This also includes those trained by legacy agencies, Beacon Center and SER who merged with Eastpointe in 2012

Types of CIT Trainings offered by Eastpointe:

– Law Enforcement 40 Hour Course

– EMS/Fire/Rescue 20 Hour Course

– Tele-Communicator 16 Hour Course

Brooke Mickelson

Director of Training and Community Relations



Patricia Winstead



  • Captain Kendra Howell, Wilson Police Department
  • Beverly Deans, Public Safety Division Director, Wayne Community College
  • Sergeant Johnathan Whitley, Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Ryan Jordan, Lake Royale Company Police
  • Paul McDowell, Retired Chief Maxton Police Department
  • Lieutenant Stokes McKoy, Clinton Police Department
  • James Jones, Clinton Police Department
  • Jeff Martin, Retired Robeson County Sheriff’s Office
  • John Britt, Edgecombe County Rescue Squad
  • Ben Parrish, Duplin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mark Casey, Duplin County EMS
  • Rosalie Cobb, Paramedic Supervisor, Wayne County EMS
  • Sergeant Brandon Wells, Kinston Police Department
  • Lieutenant Pete Monterio, Lumberton Police Department
  • Corporal Donald Fisher, Clinton Police Department

Law Enforcement

July 19-23, Lenoir Community College

July 19-22, Wayne Community College

August 16-20, Roberson County-Green Grove School

August 23-27, Lenoir Community College (Snow Hill Campus in Greene County)

September 13-17, Sampson Community College

September 20-24, Duplin County Sheriff’s Training Center

October 11-15, Wilson County location TBD

November 29-December 3, Edgecombe Community College

December 13-17, Scotland County-Richmond Community College


August 10-12, Bladen County EMS Training Room

December 1st OR 2nd week, Lenoir Community College


October 19-20, Wilson County location TBD

December 1st OR 2nd week, Lenoir Community College



Further details and registration can be found on the calendar, located at the bottom of the home page www.eastpointe.net