Mental Health Crisis Support Training for Firefighters

Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department received a $125,000 Innovation Grant to develop and pilot behavioral health crisis support training for firefighters who are often the first to provide services to the public who may be suffering from a behavioral health emergency. Currently, training of this type is extremely limited for the fire service.

The training curriculum will be written in conjunction with the Arizona State University Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy with the goal of focusing on de-escalation and crisis intervention skills. Ultimately, this first-of-its-kind training will prepare firefighters to deliver even better and more appropriate care for patients suffering from behavioral health emergencies.

Partners: Arizona State University, National Alliance of Mental Illness Arizona, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC), Mesa Fire & Medical, Community Bridges, and Crisis Response Network. Co-Funders: Arizona Community Foundation will co-fund $50,000. MMIC and Mercy Care Plan will provide in-kind training technical assistance, production of course materials and connections to local community providers valued up to $75,000.