First Responder Mental Health Awareness Training

This program will prepare and train others on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders, particularly individuals with SMI and/or SED.

The purpose of this program is to:

  1. Train individuals (e.g., school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members and their families) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED);
  2. Establish linkages with school- and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services;
  3. Train emergency services personnel, veterans, law enforcement, fire department personnel, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques; and
  4. Educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder.

SAMHSA PO: Nancy.Kelly@samhsa.hhs.gov

Last Updated: 05/15/2019