CarePlus NJ Awarded $625K Grant to Expand Mental Health Awareness Trainings for School Officials, Law Enforcement, First Responders and Armed Service Members.
The Paramus Post (October 20, 2021) covering CarePlus NJ receiving grant to expand Mental Health Awareness Trainings for School Officials, Law Enforcement, First Responders and Armed Service Members.
Paramus, N.J. (October 18, 2021) – Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus NJ”), a pioneer in integrated primary and behavioral health services for adults and children, announces it has been awarded a grant of $625,000 over five years by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to launch the Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) Initiative. The program will train school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, and armed services members and their families to recognize and respond to individuals with mental illness. A total of 1,425 individuals will be trained and resources will be disseminated to 250 community organizations over the course of the five-year project period.
“The Mental Health Awareness Training Initiative is an important extension of the CIT and Mental Health First Aid trainings CarePlus NJ has been providing to thousands of community members over the past several years,” said Amie Del Sordo, Senior Vice President, Hospital and Community Services, CarePlus NJ. “With a significant number of adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance in Bergen County, it is critically important those on the frontlines of crisis situations such as law enforcement, EMS, and school personnel are trained in how to identify and effectively intervene should they encounter an adult or child in crisis.”