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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.

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:  or contact Mike McRill at or 853-4339 to learn more or set up an on-site training.