Community Partners Inc., Pima County expand Mental Health First Aid trainings
Contact: Tom Baca
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(Tucson, AZ) – Under an agreement with Pima County Behavioral Health, Community Partners, Inc., will offer more than 30 trainings on Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to the southern Arizona community beginning in May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month.
As a result of this partnership, these trainings will be available at no cost to participants.
The popular, eight-hour MHFA training is a nationwide public-education program that trains community members to identify, understand and effectively respond to signs of possible mental illness or substance abuse – comparable to CPR or general First Aid.
The expansion of MHFA trainings continues Community Partners’ commitment to our home community and partnership with Pima County Behavioral Health, by reinvesting cost savings from other programs to creatively address the community’s behavioral health needs.
“We remain committed to offering this critical training at no charge,” said Neal Cash, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Partners. “Mental Health First Aid is an important part of our public safety net, just like CPR, and helps people get care when they need it.”
MHFA mobilizes family members, neighbors, educators, faith workers and others – individuals who are most likely to notice changes in behavior among friends, co-workers and families – to recognize symptoms, intervene and link individuals with professional assistance. The training also includes information on local resources for behavioral health treatment and support, along with a manual for participants’ ongoing reference.
“Mental Health First Aid training is a great way to continue to educate people about mental illness and how to help those in crisis so that we can further the goal of reducing stigma while improving access to care,” said Danna Whiting, Behavioral Health Administrator for Pima County Behavioral Health.
Community Partners’ subsidiary Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, the former Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Pima County, has provided MHFA training to almost 4,500 community members of all backgrounds since the January 8, 2011, tragedy, as part of a statewide initiative to identify and provide treatment for mental illness. Demand for MHFA training, including adaptations for first responders, youth workers and the military, remains strong locally and across the state and nation.
For a schedule of MHFA trainings, to register and to find more information, see Community Partners’ website, www.CommunityPartnersInc.org.
Community Partners, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a long history in behavioral health care in Pima County, formerly as Community Partnership of Southern Arizona. Community Partners, through its subsidiaries, offers outpatient behavioral health care; housing and supportive housing services; consultation and training; a conference center with in-house catering for meetings and events; off-site catering and food service and environmental/business cleaning services. For more information on any of these services or businesses, please visit www.CommunityPartnersInc.org.