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Mental Health Awareness Training Grant - Kalamazoo

Healthcare Industry

Community Mental Health

Organizations Involved

Integrated Services of Kalamazoo (ISK)

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


Integrated Services of Kalamazoo (ISK) received a grant from SAMHSA to train over 1,200 staff members from 2 EMS ambulance companies and 15 fire departments throughout Kalamazoo County in Mental Health First Aid over a 5-year period. The goal of this grant funding is to increase capacity of EMS and fire personnel to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use, de-escalate a crisis and refer individuals for additional help. The grant funds will also be used to train caregivers of older adults and organizations serving older adults.

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