Mental Health Training and Workforce Development

Community Partners, Inc., through its subsidiaries, has developed an extensive behavioral health workforce and provides mental health training for professionals on a variety of clinical, informational and administrative topics.

We can bring the expertise of these trainers and other qualified professionals to your staff and other stakeholders and community members, as well as providing access to the state-of-the-art Plaza Arboleda Conference Center in Tucson, Arizona.

In addition, we are participating in a Health Resources and Services Administration grant through the University of Michigan Workforce Consortium, to support behavioral health workforce development across the U.S.

Community Partners is offering trainings on Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) under an agreement with Pima County Behavioral Health. As a result of this agreement, these trainings are offered at no cost to attendees. Read on for details about these free trainings.


Mental Health First Aid (free training)

Mental Health First Aid LogoThe eight-hour MHFA training is a nationwide public-education program that helps community members identify, understand and effectively respond to signs of possible mental illness or substance abuse – comparable to CPR or general First Aid. MHFA mobilizes family members, neighbors, educators, faith workers and others – those most likely to notice behavior changes among friends, coworkers and families – to recognize symptoms, intervene and link individuals with professional assistance.

Below is a list of currently scheduled MHFA and Youth MHFA trainings (limit of 30 people per training). Click on the date to check availability and sign up for that specific training:

MHFA – December 6 & 8, 2016 (12:30pm – 4:30pm on both dates)

Additional dates will be scheduled soon. Please check this page for updates.


QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention (free training)

Question. Persuade. Refer. Three steps you can learn to help prevent suicide.

QPR Institute logoDeveloped by the QPR Institute, Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) is a two-hour emergency mental health gatekeeper intervention training that teaches lay and professional gatekeepers to recognize and respond positively to someone exhibiting suicide warning signs and behaviors. Gatekeepers can be anyone who is in a position to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

QPR is intended to identify and interrupt the crisis and direct that person to the proper care and to increase the chance of survival in the event of a crisis.  Using the 3 simple steps taught in this training, anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Below is a list of currently scheduled QPR trainings (limit of 30 people per training). Click on the date to check availability and sign up:

QPR – November 9, 2016 (1:30pm – 3:30pm)

QPR – December 14, 2016 (9:00am – 11:00am)

Additional dates will be scheduled soon. Please check this page for updates.


Housing Peer Support Course

Build on your practical foundation of lived experience of recovery and peer support in the Housing Peer Support Course. Learn how to support lifestyle changes to transition out of homelessness, create a home that will meet individual and family needs and collaborate with members’ supports in maintaining their home.

Jan. 16, 17, 23 and 24, 2017
8:30am – 5:00pm Daily
Plaza Arboleda Conference Center (Manzanita Room)
2502 N. Dodge Blvd.  |  Tucson, AZ
$25 (includes refreshments each day)

Course Description:

This course will focus on the theoretical foundations, research and practical strategies for providing peer support to individuals and families whose recovery goals revolve around obtaining and maintaining safe, stable and affordable housing. We will explore the use of evidence based models such as Permanent Supportive Housing, Housing First, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Informed Care as they apply to Housing Peer Support. Attendees will be able to demonstrate knowledge regarding:

  • Homelessness
  • Permanent Supported Housing
  • Housing First
  • Preventing Eviction
  • Enhancing Motivation
  • Hoarding Behaviors
  • Compassion Fatigue

Course Prerequisites:

  • Certified Peer/Recovery Support Specialist in Arizona with one year of work experience providing peer support
  • Complete and submit online application form by January 4, 2017

For more information, contact:

Eric Stark – Individual and Family Affairs Coordinator

(520) 901-4629






Presentations and associated materials were developed at the Peer & Family Career Advancement Academy under Arizona Department of Health Services Contract # ADHS 15-079531.(AHCCCS). They may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without prior written permission from Arizona State University or the state Office of Individual and Family Affairs (OIFA).