Netsmart Associates Become Mental Health First Aid Instructors

At Netsmart, we invest in our associates by providing educational opportunities to MHFAenhance their personal and professional lives. In July 2016, we began offering the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program, an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

To date, we have presented 13 training sessions to nearly 300 associates with the goal to have 90% of all associates certified.  Netsmart associates Julie Hiett and Tricia Zerger went one step further and recently completed training to become certified MHFA instructors where they underwent vigorous training with others from around the country. They attributed their interest in becoming instructors to their passion for serving others.

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May is Mental Health Month

Since 1949, the United States have observed May as National Mental Health Month, 2017 MHM Twitter Profile Imagebringing to light the epidemic that affects millions of Americans. Mental Health America, along with other organizations, dedicates the entire month to share information on how to achieve positive mental health, provide helpful resources, and to bring awareness to the topic of mental health.

What is Mental Health?

According to, mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being; It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. It’s important to take steps to maintain mental wellness as well as take advantage of resources that are available to become educated on the signs and symptoms of mental illness.

Mental Health Statistics:

Today, mental illness affects all genders, ages, and races across the country:

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Tips for Managing Populations in Post-Acute Care

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Ready or not, the impact that post-acute care has on managing population health is here and it’s real. The questions you need to ask yourself and your organization is, “How do we define population health? How much risk are we willing to take on? And, do we have the right technology and resources to analyze data to proactively manage care and measure outcomes?” To become a key player in managing population health, consider these factors to see if your organization is ready to take the first steps in the journey towards true population health management.

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