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Bulloch to hear about crisis program
CIT designed to help people with mental health issues
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The Bulloch County area will be introduced to the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program during a presentation Tuesday at Ogeechee Technical College,
    Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, will be the keynote speaker for the event, which runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the multi-purpose room inside Ogeechee Tech's Occupational Studies Classroom Building.
    The Crisis Intervention Team is a collaboration of community professionals committed to assisting people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, abnormal behaviors or addictive diseases. The primary purpose of CIT is to ensure individuals with mental illnesses and other brain disorders receive medical treatment, not criminal incarceration.
    Deborah Lee, who works with the Bulloch chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Georgia (NAMI Georgia), said the presentation would benefit citizens, law enforcement and community leaders in Bulloch County and the surrounding area.
    In addition to the GBI director, B.J. Walker, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Resources, and Gwen Skinner, director of the Division of Mental Health Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Disease, are expected to attend.
    "CIT will help everyone involved in a crisis situation by decreasing stigma, providing treatment, and assuring the safety of everyone involved," said Lois Roberts, president of NAMI Statesboro  
    For more information on CIT, visit the GBI website:
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