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Mental Health Awareness and Training Grant (MHAT)

The MHAT grant program prepares and trains community members and first responders on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders, particularly individuals with SMI and/or SED.

Eligibility for this grant program is limited to non-profit organizations.

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.

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Last Updated: 05/06/2022