Project Name: CPLC Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT)
Population to be trained: 1) Teachers and other K-12 school staff; 2) Youth WIOA and other workforce staff; 3) Youth Development staff; 4) Domestic/sexual violence, human trafficking, and other victims service staff from CPLC and similar organizations; 4) Shelter and other housing program staff; 4) Healthcare navigators and community health workers; 5) Parents, family members, and other who interact with population of focus.
Population of focus that the training is intended to help: Individuals with mental disorders, particularly SMI and/or SED, focusing on the following demographics: 1) youth and young adults (up to age 24) particularly low-income youth, opportunity youth (16-24 not employed or in school), females, and LGTBQI+ youth; 2) low-income individuals and families impacted by domestic/sexual violence and/or human trafficking; 3) low-income individuals and families residing in shelters or other housing programs; 4) Unemployed or underemployed individuals.
Strategies/Interventions: The project will implement mental health awareness trainings using: 1) LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST); 2) Youth Mental Health First Aid; 3) Adult Mental Health First Aid; 3) Teen Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) evidence-based curricula. Trained and certified CPLC instructors will deliver approximately 120 classes (18 ASIST, 86 Youth or Adult MHFA, 16 Teen MHFA) during the 5-year grant period. Written and electronic materials describing resources and supports for individuals with mental health challenges will be developed and distributed to all trainees. The project will also establish a referral system so that trainees can link population of focus to mental health resources and services.
Goal: Increase the capacity of the local community to respond to and address the needs of individuals in the target population with mental health challenges.
Objective 1: By the end of year 5, CPLC will have trained 2,400 individuals (YR 1: 160; YR 2: 360; YR 3: 480; Y4: 600; YR 5: 800) who work or interact with the population of focus in mental health awareness.
Objective 2: By the end of year 5, 100% of individuals trained will have received written and electronic materials describing resources and supports available to individuals with a mental illness so they may better respond to mental issues in the population of focus.
Objective 3: By the end of year 1, CPLC will have established and operationalized referral and tracking mechanisms, enabling individuals trained to link the population of focus to mental health resources and services.
Objective 4: By the end of year 5, CPLC will have achieved an 85% or higher training program satisfaction rating among individuals trained in mental health awareness.
Objective 5: By the end of year 5, CPLC will have established 20 additional collaborative partnerships with organizations serving the population of focus with which to provide mental health awareness training.