Bucks County Recipient of “Now Is The Time Grant”
Bucks County is one of only 3 counties in Pennsylvania that received the Now Is The Time, Healthy Transitions (NITT) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The purpose of the 5 year grant is to develop a coordinated and comprehensive approach to the provision of services and supports to address serious mental health conditions, co-occurring disorders and the risks for developing a serious mental health condition among individuals aged 16-25, known as Transition-Age Youth (TAY). .
The three target areas that the grant dollars will help address are: 1) community education and awareness, 2) outreach to at risk youth and young adults and 3) supporting youth & young adults who are currently struggling with a serious mental illness.
One of the very first initiatives undertaken when the grant was received was to improve the scope of community education and awareness through the use of the renowned program Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)*. In July 2015, a training was held to certify MHFA instructors in Youth Mental Health First, who could then host trainings for the public throughout the county. As a result 26 new instructors were trained and 6 trainings have already occurred with 4 more trainings scheduled to occur this fall.
The greatest feature of the MHFA training is that in addition to providing basic education and information about common mental health conditions, it also provides participants with the understanding and skills necessary to intervene (provide first aid) to youth during times of struggle or crisis. Thus creating not only a knowledgeable community but a responsive and caring one as well.
The next Mental Health First Aid for Youth training is on November 30 2015 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the Bucks County Police Training Center, 1760 Easton Rd. Doylestown, PA 18901. To register for this free training contact Stephanie Romero at 215-343-7720 x124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three workgroups have been formed, each one corresponding to one of the grant’s goals. The workgroups meet monthly to develop projects and activities to meet the goals of the grant. These workgroups are looking for more participation to help ensure success of the projects. Family members of youth & young adults, individuals involved in the adult mental health treatment system – professionals or participants, and youth themselves are especially sought after for participation.
To learn more about the grant you can visit the website at http://www.tayinbucks.org
To lend your time, talent and skills to one of the workgroups you can contact:
Barbare Miller, Children’s Services Director, Department of Mental Health and Developmental Programs email@example.com | 215-444-2885
Monica Stefanik, Children’s Services Manager, Bucks County Behavioral Health firstname.lastname@example.org | 215-444-2719
*To learn more about Mental Health First Aid visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
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