Riverhead Neighborhood Consciousness Program will obtain a multi-year grant to supply psychological well being consciousness coaching. Riverhead CAP was the one Lengthy Island group to be awarded the grant, in accordance with Sandra Hopkins-Ouedraogo, the MHAT coordinator and neighborhood prevention specialist at Riverhead CAP.
The Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being Providers Administration, a federal group thought of a department of the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers will present $125,000 per 12 months for 5 years to Riverhead CAP to coordinate grownup and youth psychological well being first support coaching (MHFAT), in accordance with a press launch.
“The aim for making use of for the grant was to empower the coalition organizations to have the ability to have psychological well being first support instructors inside their organizations, that may be capable to additionally train the psychological well being first support coaching,” Ms. Hopkins-Ouedraogo mentioned. Riverhead CAP will facilitate the coaching amongst a coalition of native organizations.
She mentioned that by the top of the month, they’re planning to have 9 instructors that may train psychological well being first support beneath each the grownup and youth modules.
The modules could be “instructing individuals abilities to have the ability to acknowledge indicators and signs of somebody which may be of their household, [someone] that they could work with, who could also be creating a psychological well being problem, or substance use dysfunction problem,” Ms. Hopkins-Ouedraogo mentioned.
The distinction between the grownup and youth modules is that the youth modules would train adults to acknowledge indicators within the youth that is likely to be struggling, Ms. Hopkins-Ouedraogo mentioned.
The modules would additionally train contributors assist these affected by a psychological well being or substance abuse challenge, she mentioned.
“Then how will we assist them after noticing the indicators and signs — to have the ability to strategy and converse to them in a manner that it exhibits that you just care, and that you just wish to assist, after which connecting them to the suitable skilled assist,” she mentioned.
Riverhead CAP partnered with Household Service League, Riverhead Central College District, Southampton Youth Bureau and the New York Nationwide Guard to coach instructors in each Youth and Grownup MHFA, in accordance with a press launch.
Whereas the trainings aren’t open to the general public but, Riverhead CAP hopes to supply coaching by subsequent fall, in accordance with Ms. Hopkins-Ouedraogo.
“The focus is on the coalition organizations, coaching the workers,” she mentioned. “Then we’re hoping by inside the second 12 months of the grant, to have the ability to open it up and to outreach to different organizations and neighborhood members to have the ability to have the coaching.”
The primary grownup MHFA coaching can be on the Riverhead Police Division on March 30, instructing the Public Security/Legislation Enforcement module, Ms. Hopkins-Ouedraogo mentioned.
“MHFA coaching can be one other worthwhile instrument to assist us higher serve the Riverhead neighborhood,” Riverhead police chief David Hegermiller mentioned in a press launch.
There may even be coaching for Riverhead Central College District workers that may happen throughout Superintendent Convention Days.
“The district could be very enthusiastic about this partnership,” assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Christine Tona, mentioned. “We acknowledge that many college students are in want of assist, and this strengthens the opposite initiatives that the district is implementing.”
Riverhead CAP may even be offering specialised MHFA coaching modules for veterans, public security, fireplace/EMS and people that work with older adults. Coaching is offered in particular person/on website, just about or in a blended course, in accordance with a press launch.
For extra data or to schedule a coaching, contact Sandra Hopkins-Ouedraogo at 631-727-3722, ext. 104, or [email protected].