For more than 60 years, community health workers (CHWs) have had an important role in improving health behaviors and outcomes, particularly for racial and ethnic minority communities. In chronic disease care, CHWs provide culturally responsive services to educate patients, identify resources, provide case management and support care coordination activities, and become part of an individual’s support network. Understanding the mental health and substance use challenges of the people in their communities expands the CHW’s ability to provide necessary services, but is often a gap in their training.


The National Council organizes custom eight-hour trainings that may be delivered in several one-on-one and half-hour sessions to work with your schedule. Please contact us to learn more about pricing, customizing your own consulting service or to schedule a training.


Community health workers in:

  • Mental health or substance use treatment settings
  • Primary care settings
  • Settings providing integrated mental health and substance use combined with primary care


Community health workers will expand their skills and expertise to support people with mental health and substance use challenges. The training uses a combination of videos, interactive activities and didactic lecture. Participants will learn key elements of understanding mental health and substance use challenges in ways that are culturally responsive and support recovery.

The training covers:

  • Integrated care, why it’s important and how you fit. 
  • Depression and anxiety and how you can help. 
  • The role of trauma in mental health, substance use and physical health issues. 
  • Substance use challenges and how you can help. 
  • Suicide assessment and how you can help. 
  • Self-care for the caregiver.


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We are happy to tailor each of our trainings and consulting opportunities to your organization.