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Police officers in Mahoning County receive mental health training

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Police officers in Mahoning County took part in Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training this week.

At least one officer from each department in Mahoning County participated and earned the certification.

CIT training teaches officers how to handle situations involving people with mental illness or addiction issues.

Executive Director of the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board Duane Piccirilli told 21 News the officers learned de-escalation techniques and ways to control better situations involving those with mental illness.

Piccirilli added that people with mental illness could react differently to police because they could be experiencing things like hallucinations or paranoia.

Michael Woody, Ohio CIT Coordinator, expressed that the training will help officers deal with any situation not just those involving mental illness.

Woody says at least 10% of 911 calls are mental health-related and having CIT officers will help handle the calls more effectively.

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