The House unanimously approved legislation establishing a statewide mental health first aid training program. The training laid out in House Bill 153, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser of Taylor Mill, would equip individuals to identify and recognize the signs and symptom of someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
Upon completion of this training, individuals would better be able to recognize and take appropriate action to safely intervene in a mental health or substance use crisis. While the training is geared toward anyone, individuals such as first responders, faith leaders, social workers, and educators are those likely to benefit the most.
“This training will be very beneficial to all kinds of people like pastors, or social workers, especially in our rural areas,” Moser added. “We are giving the leaders in some of our states most underserved areas an additional resource to learn how to best address the needs of those dealing with mental health or substance use issues in a safe and effective way.”
The program would be administered through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. It would be set up to receive grants and donations from public and private organizations. The legislation will now move to the Senate for consideration. Specific details of the bill can be found here.