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Creating Safe Scenes Training


This free, 1.5-hour, online training helps first responders assist individuals with mental illness or substance use disorder who are in crisis using safe, positive approaches.

This course is free, online, and self-paced. Course participants will receive a certificate upon completion.

This course includes firsthand video accounts from responders and mental health consumers.

This course is designed to help first responders do the following:

  • Understand how individuals come to experience a behavioral health crisis.
  • Understand how best to make a safe connection with an individual experiencing a crisis.
  • Learn about de-escalation strategies for working with people in crisis.
  • Learn strategies for developing community networks and referral resources.
  • Understand how to improve the safety of both the responder and the individual in crisis.

You must complete the training course in one session. The course cannot be restarted.

Take the Course.

If you would like to embed this course into your agency’s LMS, we can provide you with the course materials. This option would allow your team to have direct access to the course and your team’s course completions.

If you are interested in embedding the course into your agency’s LMS, please contact SAMHSA DTAC at or 800–308–3515 to receive the course Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) package.

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Last Updated: 02/28/2024
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