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Mental Health Awareness and Training Project - Arbor Circle

Healthcare Industry


Organizations Involved

Arbor Circle, Community Mental Health of Ottawa (CMHOC), Ottawa County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), Ottawa County Suicide Prevention Coalition

Occupations Involved

Emergency Medical Technicians; Paramedics

Workforce Development Focus

Improving the quality of healthcare workforce

Workforce Issues Addressed

Training current healthcare professionals in new techniques or practices; Training current healthcare professionals in SDOH, implicit bias, or on other subjects that will help professionals provide more culturally-competent and/or patient-centered care


Arbor Circle received a five-year grant from SAMHSA to train 5,365 community members living and/or working in Ottawa County in a continuum of Evidence-Based Mental Health Awareness Trainings. The continuum of training will include Crisis Intervention Team Training; Question, Persuade, Refer and Mental Health First Aid. Although this grant does not solely train healthcare professionals, it includes training for first responders like EMTs and paramedics. The two main goals of the initiative are 1) to increase the the percent of adults in Ottawa County who access treatment for their mental illness by 10% and 2) to reduce the percent of youth who indicate they have attempted suicide by 5% by 2026.

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