On Friday, March 24, the National Council for Behavioral Health hosted briefings on Capitol Hill to address the importance of Mental Health First Aid trainings for law enforcement officers who regularly respond to calls involving persons in mental health or addiction crises. The panel included three law enforcement officers from across the U.S. who discussed the impact that Mental Health First Aid has had on their communities and departments.
The briefings were sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) as well as Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Doris Matsui (D-CA). A video recording of the event can be found on Mental Health First Aid USA’s Facebook page here.
Mental Health First Aid champions Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) are circulating a letter requesting continued funding for Mental Health First Aid trainings in FY2018. Will you please take two minutes and urge your legislator to sign on to the Dear Colleague letter supporting Mental Health First Aid training for this important population? Deadline for signatures is March 31.
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