Association House of Chicago is grateful to be a recipient of a $25,000 grant to support our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training program. Funding enables Association House to expand our training to include a component focused on the opioid reversal, and specifically, the administration of Naloxone.

Since the inception of the program in 2017, Association House has trained nearly 1,500 individuals to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness through Mental Health First Aid Training. We provide evidence-based MHFA training to individuals who are seeking to serve the community or encounter those with Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disturbance during their occupations. The course teaches awareness of signs and symptoms to various mental illnesses, while also educating on self-care techniques, so they can promote their own well-being and safety and services and resources that span both the community and nation.

“We are grateful for CVS Health’s partnership on our Mental Health First Aid Training program,” said Association House President Harriet Sadauskas. “CVS Health’s generous support will further enhance the program’s positive impact by better preparing our community partners to care for individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders.”

Grant funding enables Association House to integrate opioid response training, which teaches how to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose. The addition of opioid response training benefits individuals living with mental health and substance use issues by increasing a supportive network of community providers, as more trainees are prepared to assist in every-day situations and emergencies.

For more information about registering for an MHFA Training, contact Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator Myra Rodriguez at 773-276-0084 ext. 3204 or by email myrodriguez@associationhouse.org