Youth Mental Health First Aid Offered to the Community
Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare is initiating the Mental Health First Aid program in the Montgomery County area. The center will train 100 teachers, educators, and school employees, local church officials, day care centers, and anyone else who consistently works with children; to improve mental health literacy – helping folks to identify, understand, and respond to signs the of mental illness.
Mental Health First Aid is a 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual, the certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Thorough evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proved the CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’ knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.
For more information or to participate in Mental Health First Aid training in Montgomery County, call Catherine Prestigiovanni at 936-521-6418 or email her at CatherineP@tcbhc.org.
DADS Announces Search Mechanism for HCS Home Openings
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) announces a new search feature on its website to find a Home and Community-based Services (HCS) group home vacancy. This new search feature provides information for an individual receiving HCS services or enrolling in the HCS Program who desires residential group home services. The feature allows a person to search for an HCS group home vacancy by city, county, or ZIP code. The search results provide the name and contact information for each HCS Program provider that has at least one group home vacancy within the search specification (i.e., city, county, ZIP code).
The search page is currently available online at