NCCMH Distributes Kits to First Responders to Help Kids with Autism

NCCMH’s Christine Dillon delivered Carter Kits and trained 8 Chiefs in Antrim County on their use. The bags are full of items proven to help children with Autism cope during a traumatic situation, such as noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys, sunglasses, and weighted blankets. All of the Chiefs were engaged in the training, asked thoughtful questions, and expressed appreciation for having tools they can use at the scene to diffuse conflict.  We will be delivering to first responders in all six of our counties. Thanks to all for partnering with us on this important initiative!

L-R: F/Lt. Carl Rothenberger, Michigan State Police 73 Post Commander, Chief Bill Drollinger, Bellaire PD, Chief Brian Lagrandeur, Mancelona PD, Chief Dave Centala, Elk Rapids PD, James L. Rossiter, Antrim County Prosecuting Attorney, Daniel S. Bean, Antrim County Sheriff, Kevin Hoch, Antrim County Undersheriff. Front: Lt. James Gorno, DNR Law Enforcement Division Supervisor, at Michigan Department of Natural Resources.