Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety is an 8-hour course specially designed to help police officers, first responders, corrections officers and other public safety professionals better understand mental illnesses and addictions and provide them with effective response options to de-escalate incidents without compromising safety. Approximately 80,000 public safety professionals have taken Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety to date.
Information on Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety
- Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety One-Pager
- Congressional Briefing on Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Press Release
Information on Mental Health First Aid Act (S. 153/H.R. 274)
The Senate version of the Mental Health First Aid Act (S. 274) was introduced by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Begich (D-AK) on January 24, 2013. It currently has 18 bipartisan cosponsors. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
The House version of the Mental Health First Aid Act (H.R. 274) was introduced by Representatives Ron Barber (D-AZ-2) and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2) on January 18, 2013. It currently has 82 bipartisan cosponsors click to view a list. The bill has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee – Subcommittee on Health.
With support from Republican and Democratic legislators in both chambers of Congress, the Fiscal Year 2014 budget included a $15 million appropriation for Mental Health First Aid training grants. The National Council thanks Congress for its support of this important initiative and encourages lawmakers to expand available training opportunities by passing the Mental Health First Aid Act.
- Mental Health First Aid Act (S. 153 / H.R. 274): One-Pager and cosponsor list
July 16 Congressional Briefing: Statements and Photos
July 16, 2014, the National Council holds two briefings for congressional staff on Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety. The briefings are sponsored by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Begich (D-AK) and Representatives Ron Barber (D-AZ) and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS).
- Testimony of Captain Joseph Coffey, Warwick Rhode Island Police Department
- Testimony of Michael Dooley, Director of Training Services, PA Department of Corrections
- Testimony of David Johnson, CEO, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Lawrence Kansas
- Testimony of Ret. Sgt. Jim Kirk, Tucson, Arizona Police Department
- Testimony of Nancy Nowell, Vice President for Clinical Services, West Central Behavioral Health, Lebanon, New Hampshire
- Testimony of Jill Ramsey, Training Coordinator, University of Alaska
For more information on Mental Health First Aid, please visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org.
For questions about Mental Health First Aid legislation, please contact Chuck Ingoglia at ChuckI@TheNationalCouncil.org.