Cyr-Martel receives honors

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Laurie Cyr-Martel, left, forensic behavioralist, Lewiston Police Department, was presented the Common Ties Mental Health Kelsey Award. Presenting the award were Diane Whiting, center, board president, and Craig Phillips, executive director, Common Ties Mental Health.

Cyr-Martel receives honors

LEWISTON – Common Ties Mental Health presented Laurie Cyr-Martel, forensic behavioralist, Lewiston Police Department and Department of Health and Human Services, with its Kelsey Award for Quality and Excellence at its 20th annual meeting recently at the Auburn Public Library.

Cyr-Martel was recognized for the exceptional contributions she has made on behalf of those who have a mental Illness. Since 2000 Cyr-Martel has worked on the night shift in the city, assisting officers and residents who are in crisis or experiencing conflict in their life.

On any given night in Lewiston, when a person with a mental illness or other behavioral concerns is distraught and the police are called in, Cyr-Martel will probably appear at the scene. If all goes well, she gives those involved immediate attention and brings peace to the situation.

Diane Whiting, president of the board of directors of Common Ties, said, “Laurie has worked tirelessly in the communities of Lewiston and Auburn to raise awareness of mental health issues in the arenas of law enforcement and emergency response.

“It is through Laurie’s work that our local law enforcement personnel and emergency responders are more intellectually equipped to perform their duties when dealing with a mentally ill person or responding to an environment wherein they must interact with an emotionally disturbed person.

“Our community is a better place to live and work because of her efforts. While assuming that their is always room for improvement, individuals suffering from mental illness, nonetheless, can generally expect a more informed professional because of Laurie’s work.”

Cyr-Martel joined the Lewiston Police Department as the result of a joint venture with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring to the city the necessary resources to those who may need special care to get through a crisis.

Cyr-Martel has authored “Responding to Emotionally Disturbed Persons:

A Manual for Law Enforcement Personnel,” bringing information to the law enforcement community about dealing with those individuals who present to the officer in distress.

Common Ties, a United Way funded partner, provides community integration services throughout Androscoggin County for persons who have a serious mental illness. For more information or to request and access services, call 795-6710.

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