COMMUNITY PARTNER PROGRAMS
NAMI has hosted a number of “It Takes a Community” five-day training sessions open to all police departments on Cape Cod as well as other first responders. As the police have become the front lines in mental health crises, this training is crucial in teaching them about mental health issues and de-escalation techniques and introducing them to available resources as well as how to access them. We currently have trained over 100 police officers and have seen the tremendous impact this has had on the treatment of the mentally ill and on jail diversion. The CCIT model also includes personnel from other agencies to participate in the classes along with the police, thus strengthening collaborative opportunities.
Think:Kids, a Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach for handling challenging children developed by the Psychiatry Department of Mass General Hospital. We have offered specialized workshops for parents and mental health professionals as well as teachers, school guidance counselors and administrators in all school systems on Cape Cod and the Islands.
We are training community members and professionals in Mental Health First Aid which teaches you to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hr training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and helping them connect to the appropriate care.
Community Outreach Program
NAMI has presented on Lower Cape Community TV, and before area local Cape-wide Council on Aging programs as well as area churches.