First Responders


Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety & Law Enforcement | Fire & EMS | Veterans

Mental Health First Aid 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 is an evidence-based practice, basic level curriculum and is offered as a complement to the more intensive, specialized CIT program.

PUBLIC SAFETY MODULE: 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. 

FIRE & EMS MODULE: focuses on the specific risk factors, unique experiences and needs of firefighters and EMS personnel.  

VETERANS MODULE:  with a concentration on military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health, this module discusses the specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families such as mental and physical trauma, stress, separation, etc. 

Upcoming Classes

Montgomery County ADAMHS has received special Federal funding from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to offer a variety of trainings in the Montgomery, Miami, Darke, Shelby, Clark, Greene, Madison, Warren, Clinton and Preble Counties to the following audiences: 

  • Public Safety Law Enforcement
  • Fire/ EMT
  • Military/ Veteran/Family Member 

Topics offered specific to these audiences will include Mental Health First Aid, Trauma, and Suicide Prevention.

As topics, dates, and times are set up, they will be posted here:  https://sardiprogram.com/wsw/  or contact Larry Sexton at lsexton@mcadamhs.org or 853-4319 to learn more or set up an on-site training.