I don't want to involve my steady partner in this because I don't want to break up. Do I need to tell (or have someone from HHSA notify) him or her?
You should think about your partner's health. Telling your steady partner or spouse can be difficult. It is a very hard issues for many people. If your partner is infected, they may find out anyway - either by getting tested or by getting sick from the infection.
Your steady partner or spouse should be notified to protect their health. Notifying any partners that you still have sex with is very important. Treating your current sex or needle-sharing partners will also help reduce the risk of you getting infected again.
A recent research study found that sex partners of infected person who received services were less likely to end the relationship, compared to couples who did not receive services. HHSA staff are very experienced and can help you think through how to approach your situation.
What if my partner(s) dn't live in Yolo County or even California?The state and local departments work with each other, as well as with departments across the US. HHSA staff can contact the right area to get the notification done. Wherever the partner(s) live, they will not be told any information about you, not even where you live.
How do I know which, if any, of my partner(s) may have been exposed to an STD or HIV?HHSA staff will talk with you about the STD/HIV that you were diagnosed with, and when a person is most likely to spread that particular STD/HIV. Based on this, the staff will focus on identifying any sex or needle-sharing partners that you may have had sex or shared needles with during this time period. These partners are more likely to need to be tested or treated.
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds a variety of trainings.
Early Signs Training and Education
Early Signs focuses on reducing stigma of mental illness through community education, while equipping trained individuals to intervene earlier in a mental health crisis. Early Signs provides training to providers, individuals, and other caregivers to live or work in Yolo County. Individuals can receive certification in these evidence-based practices:
- Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid, teaching individuals in the community how to recognize the signs and symptoms of various mental illnesses and how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis (Youth Mental Health First Aid focuses on helping adults recognize how differently these signs and symptoms might present in adolescents);
- SafeTALK, training individuals over age 15 how to recognize the signs and symptoms of suicidal behavior and connect the suicidal person to appropriate resources; .
- Q-P-R—Question, Persuade, Refer trains individuals to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
- Applied Suicide Intervention Strategies Training (ASIST), training participants how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide;
All instruction and materials are provided FREE OF CHARGE to any individuals age 18 and over (15 and over for SafeTALK) who live, work or volunteer in Yolo County and who are interested in learning more about mental illnesses, suicidal behavior, and how to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training
Modeled after a nationally recognized evidence-based program known as the “CIT Memphis Model,” Crisis Intervention Team training focuses on training personnel from local law enforcement agencies and other first responders to recognize the signs of mental illness when responding to someone experiencing a mental health crisis. The course is approved by a local Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) agency, and this 32-hour training course is offered to law enforcement and first responders who live or work in Yolo County at no cost to the individual or the agency. The course teaches trainees the signs and symptoms of mental illness and coaches them on how to respond appropriately and compassionately to individuals and families in crisis. This training is available to law enforcement officers and other first responders who live and/or work in Yolo County. Out-of-county officers included on a space-available basis. Qualified individuals should contact their agency Training Officers, e-mail email@example.com or call the MHSA Program Manager for referral information (see below).
For additional information or to register for trainings and education courses, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the MHSA voicemail at (530) 666-8712.
Training courses are offered free of charge throughout Yolo County. Click here to see the current calendar of events, or Email email@example.com or Call (530) 666-8712 for dates, times, and locations.