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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Event Date: February 23, 2024

11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training provides skills to contact and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use challenge or experiencing a crisis.

This session provides a MHFA certification for three years.

The training covers:

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and substance use challenges.
  • How to interact with a person in crisis.
  • How to connect a person with help.
  • Expanded content on trauma, substance use and self-care

The training is divided into three (3) parts:

Part 1 starts AFTER initial registration has been APPROVED by the instructor. Approved registrants will be emailed instructions on how to create an on-line profile using MHFA Connect and completing a pre-survey/quiz followed by a 2-hour self-paced online course. Registrants MUST complete Part 1 no less than 48 hours (two business days) prior to the scheduled Part 2 session.

Part 2 is a 5.5-hour live instructor led virtual training. Participants are required to be on camera the entire time.

Part 3 participants will return to MHFA Connect to complete the post test and evaluation, required to receive a certificate of participation.

Registration is limited. A minimum of five (5) participants are required for the session to occur.

To register for the Mental Health First Aid training, please send your name, email address, agency and training date to coeinfo@ by Friday, February 16, 2024.

Speaker: Marti Vogt

An Introduction to Substance Use Disorders

Event Date: February 29, 2024

2 – 3 p.m. EST


Participants will gain an understanding of the six most prevalent substance use disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define substance use disorders.
  2. Discuss the six most prevalent substance use disorders.
  3. Describe how to recognize signs of substance use disorders.
  4. Discuss steps to take when suspected resident’s active substance use.
  5. Explain the importance of screening and assessing for substance use disorders.
  6. Discuss how to support residents with substance use disorders.

Speaker: Rosalyn Davis

Past Virtual Trainings

The Importance of Diversity-Informed Practices in Trauma-Informed Care – PART 2

Event Date: February 20, 2024

2 – 3 p.m. EST


Diversity-informed practice and trauma-informed care are so intertwined that nursing facilities cannot effectively have one without the other. In this session, we consider the importance of cultural responsiveness–individually and systemically–to those who have experienced trauma.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the significance of bringing diversity-informed practices into trauma-informed care for nursing facilities.
  2. Consider structural and systemic inequities as retraumatizing experiences.
  3. Discuss how different cultural groups may perceive and respond to trauma.

Speaker: LaVerne H. Collins, PhD, LPC, LCMHC, NCC

Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes for African American Nursing Facility Residents

Event Date: February 15, 2024

2 – 3 p.m. EST


Are you a nursing facility staff member seeking to enhance your understanding of effectively addressing the behavioral health needs of the African American resident? Join us for an informative training focused on evidence-based strategies designed to reduce, and in some cases eliminate, behavioral health disparities among African American nursing facility residents. By attending the training, you will gain valuable insights into the social-cultural factors affecting behavioral health among African Americans, participate in an engaging discussion regarding challenges in providing optimal behavioral health care, and gain culturally informed strategies to serve the African American population effectively. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Define behavioral health equity and why it’s important
  2. Understand social-cultural factors affecting behavioral health among African Americans
  3. Identify social-ecological barriers to behavioral health care among African Americans
  4. Inform their interdisciplinary nursing facility staff about evidence-based strategies to improve behavioral health outcomes for African American residents.

Speaker: Niasha A. Fray MA, MSPH

Person-Centered Care: How to Make it Work

Event Date: February 13, 2024

2 - 3 p.m. EST


This interactive virtual training will examine a case scenario to take a deep dive into the importance of person-centered care. It will also offer practical tools to identify and mitigate the impact of implicit bias around mental health and substance use disorders and inform how cultural humility improves the staff and resident connection.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe person-centered care as it relates to nursing facilities and staff practice.
  2. Identify how bias induces assumptions that impact communications and rapport building.
  3. Identify the benefits of an “individualized” approach to resident engagement.
  4. Learn how person-centered strategies can help residents achieve care plan goals.

Speaker: Diana Padilla

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Established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COE-NF offers Certified Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Facility Staff a centralized resource hub with easy access to trainings, technical assistance and additional resources, at no cost.

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We help nursing facilities to improve the quality of life and care provided for residents who are experiencing a variety of behavioral health disorders, with a focus on Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).

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