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Consultation and Educational Services:

Mark Twain Behavioral Health supports the community by sharing expertise through consultation and education.  We will gladly consult with employers, schools and other agencies on an as-requested basis to offer mental health related services, (i.e. corporation responses to grief, workplace supportive services and others).  As a mental health leader and administrative agent in the area, we reach out to the community through participation in a wide variety of community events to educate the public about mental health, healthy living and support.  Suicide prevention campaigns, Mental Health First Aid training, community health fairs and event participation, and awareness through media are just a few of the ways we educate and enlighten the public about mental illness and behavioral healthcare.

Community Mental Health Liaison
The Community Mental Health Liaison works closely with law enforcement, courts, and hospitals in facilitating voluntary and involuntary placements.  As an outreach of the Access Crisis Intervention system, the Community Mental Health Liaison is available for crisis consultations. 

Responsibility for trainings, consultation and education services to our community partners is a primary role of the Community Mental Health Liaison. It is intended that they will engage in short-term services related to the initial crisis referral  and may assist with at-risk groups of consumers who are receiving DBT services or Drug Court Assessment.

Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the initial help given to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The aid provided is not a substitute for professional help, but may help in stabilizing the person until appropriate professional or other assistance (including peer and family support) can be engaged. The Mental Health First Aid training is an 8-hour interactive course which teaches people how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis situation and/or who are in the early stages of a mental health disorder. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help and what type of help has been shown to be effective. They will also learn to use the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan which is,

ALGEE:
     Assess for risk of suicide or harm
     Listen non-judgmentally
     Give reassurance and information
     Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help
     Encourage self-help and other support strategies from peers, family members and friends


This course is delivered by certified MHFA instructors who have successfully completed an intensive and authorized training to become accredited MHFA/USA instructors. The course is designed to increase mental health literacy, to decrease stigmatizing attitudes in our communities toward people experiencing mental health problems and to encourage appropriate and early treatment for those with mental health problems.

 

 

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