North Country Community Mental Health is one of five member Community Mental Health service programs which received its first order of Carter Kits at the Northern Michigan Regional Entity office in Gaylord on April 27, 2022.

Carter Kits were inspired by Carter Severs who has autism. In the kits there are clinically proven items to help first responders and other organizations to help children stay calm in an emergency: sensory toys, weighted blankets, noise-cancelling headphones, sunglasses, and a non-verbal communication card. Following the delivery, there was a “train the trainer” segment to prepare local instructors to train the personnel and agencies that receive a Carter Kit.

North Country and its partner CMH organizations will spearhead distribution across the region to reach community partners who also serve youth, including first responders, such as EMS, law enforcement, and schools.

For more information regarding Carter Kits, please call our administrative office at 231-347-6701 and ask for Christine Dillon, Director of Child & Family Services.

What are Carter Kits?