2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Committee Approved)

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Mental Health First Aid Training

Item 315 #3h

Item 315 #3h

First Year - FY2013 Second Year - FY2014
Health And Human Resources
Grants To Localities FY2013 $0 FY2014 $1,850,000 GF

Page 285, line 35, strike "$325,471,560" and insert "$327,321,560".

(This amendment provides $1.9 million from the general fund the second year to provide mental health first aid training and certification on how to recognize and respond to mental or emotional distress. Training will target school personnel, clergy, health professionals, community agency personnel, military and veteran service organizations and advocates, and other first responders and “gatekeepers” who have extensive public contact. Funding will be used to cover the cost of personnel dedicated to this activity, training and certification, and manuals and certification for all those receiving the training. Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour interactive course that teaches the risk factors and warning signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders. MHFA builds an understanding of how these illnesses affect people, provides an overview of common treatments, and teaches basic skills for providing help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms. This is recommendation a of the Governor's Taskforce on School and Campus Safety .)