Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

May 19, 2023

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


To register for Mental Health First Aid, please send your name, email address, agency and training date to two weeks prior to the date of interest.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) gives you the skills to reach out 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 offers a three-year certification.

What Mental Health First Aid Covers

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

The training is divided into 3 parts:

Part 1 – Begins 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 complete 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 – Attend 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 which is required to receive a certificate of participation.

Registration is limited to 15 participants. A minimum of five (5) participants is required for the session to occur.

the center of excellence for behavioral health in nursing facilities (COE-NF)

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.

What We Do

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).

Who We Help

We provide direct technical assistance, evidence-based training, and resources that are appropriate for every member of your long-term care facility — from those providing day-to-day direct care, to clinical and administrative staff.