Sent on 12/19/2014 2:08:02 PM
From December 15-19, 2014, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department hosted Mental Health First Aid USA (MHFA-USA) instructor training. Our goal is to certify 16 instructors who will provide training to Sheriff’s Department employees. Officers from surrounding agencies and staff from Pima County Behavioral Health also attended the training. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give law enforcement officers key skills to help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis. The new instructors will be certified to teach the 8-hour program to a variety of audiences, but at this point will concentrate efforts to pass this training along to their agencies. The instructor certification training was conducted by the National Council for Behavioral Health, who manages the program across the United States. The new instructors will join more than 3,700 instructors already certified by MHFA-USA in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. They will have a great impact on mental health awareness throughout Pima County. Pima County Risk Management funded the County’s portion of the class.