MHA was honored to partner with the Mecklenburg County MHFA & QPR Instructors Collaborative to train nearly 2,000 Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officers, over the past several years.
Assistant Chief Veronica “Vicki” Foster explained why Mental Health First Aid was the right program for their department’s needs, saying, “Being such a large police force, it would have been impossible to train everyone in crisis intervention training (CIT) – it would be hard to do on a large scale since it’s so intensive. Mental Health First Aid was exactly what we needed, something relatively short and scalable to our entire force, but still effective in providing our officers with the know-how to handle sensitive situations.”
CMPD was highlighted as a case study on the Mental Health First Aid-USA website.
The trainings were made possible thanks to generous grant support from the Mecklenburg County ABC Board from 2016-2019.