Mental Health Awareness and Training Project - Arbor Circle
Arbor Circle, Community Mental Health of Ottawa (CMHOC), Ottawa County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), Ottawa County Suicide Prevention Coalition
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.