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Prevention & Early Intervention Trainings (MHSA)

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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 disabilityresponse@yahoo.com or call the MHSA Program Manager for referral information (see below).

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How to Obtain Services

For additional information or to register for trainings and education courses, e-mail admh-firstaid@yolocounty.org or call the MHSA voicemail at (530) 666-8712.

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Service Locations & Contact Information

Training courses are offered free of charge throughout Yolo County. Click here to see the current calendar of  events,  or Email admh-firstaid@yolocounty.org or Call (530) 666-8712 for dates, times, and locations. 

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Community Partners, Resources, & Links

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Additional Information

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