While the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers crisis intervention training (CIT) to law enforcement officers around the nation, we’re pleased that Perry Wellness Center serves as a local training site. Sue Marlowe, who coordinates Georgia’s CIT program for Regions 4 and 6, enjoys bringing students from Dougherty County’s police and sheriff’s departments to our center, along with other sites in Albany.
When asked why she brings her class all the way to Americus, she explains: “I like to bring my classes to Perry Wellness Center and experience heartfelt compassion for these peers. This site is so empowering for all who are staff and all who are involved. This program treats consumers with respect and dignity.”
Stuart Perry is understandably proud to welcome the CIT trainees. “We are happy that you are here today and that Sue has chosen this campus to bring her classes,” Stuart said to a recent CIT group. “There are over 700 Certified Peer Specialists in Georgia, and we have 13 on our campus staff!” Stuart and the center’s staff and peers provided the visitors with a facility tour, lunch, and even a friendly volleyball competition. (We won!)
Miss Sue plans to continue bringing classes to the center. “Happiness is pervasive here,” she states. We’re glad that law enforcement officers have the opportunity to witness this happiness, as a reminder that those with mental illness are always more than the sum of their diagnosis.
In the photo above, members of the CIT class, staff, and peers begin their tour of Perry Wellness Center.