Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance-use concerns, builds understanding of their impact, and gives an overview of common treatments.
Beginning with the 83rd Texas Legislature, Department of State Health Services was directed to provide grants to Local Mental Health Authorities to train staff and contractors as Mental Health First-Aid instructors. The 84th and 85th Texas Legislature broadened the eligibility criteria for Mental Health First-Aid training to include all school district employees, resource officers and employees of institutions of higher learning.
To be eligible for reimbursement, the Mental Health First-Aid participant must be an employee of a public school district or an employee of a higher education institution (public or private), who regularly interacts with students as a part of their normal job duties.
To be eligible for reimbursement, the Mental Health First-Aid instructor must be an employee or contractor of the Local Mental Health Authority.
Each Local Mental Health Authority conducts training in its own service area.
National website: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/