Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety & Law Enforcement | Montgomery County ADAMHS
Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety & Law Enforcement is an 8-hour certification course that teaches a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, and self-help care. The course teaches the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and, most importantly, teaches individuals how to help someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. MHFA for Public Safety is an evidence-based practice, basic level curriculum and is offered as a complement to the more intensive, specialized CIT program..
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The course module is designed for police, first responders, corrections officers, and other public safety audiences. MHFA for Public Safety provides officers with more response options to help them deescalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so they can respond to mental health related calls appropriately without compromising safety. Participants will hear from consumers and family members, participate in mental health ride-alongs and practice scenario based training.