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Mental Health Awareness Education

Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT)

The Department was awarded a three-year SAMHSA grant in 2018 for mental health training. Entitled Finding Hope, the grant is focused on expanding and enhancing awareness training efforts to better prepare individuals and emergency services personnel to identify mental illness, employ de-escalation techniques, establish referral linkages, and connect individuals to available community resources.


Through the grant, Dr. Jason Beaman and Project Coordinator, Tara O'Connor, can provide Mental Health First Aid Certification, which includes topics on depression and mood disorders; anxiety disorders; trauma; psychosis; and substance use disorders. The grant also allows additional mental health awareness training.


Trainings Available: 

  • Mental Health First Aid (8 hour Training) 
  • Signs & Symptoms of Mental Illness 
  • Mental Health Resources & Infrastructure
  • Managing a Mental Health Crisis for First Responders 
  • Addiction 101

If you would like more information on scheduling a training, please contact Tara O'Connor at 

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