About The MHAT Grant


The Mental Health Awareness (MHAT) grant has been awarded to the Porter County Substance Abuse Council by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the next 3 years to address the critical need of identifying and receiving treatment for serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED). Left untreated, SMI and SED may result in substance use disorder, violent and dangerous behavioral episodes and suicidal tendencies.

Suicidal thoughts among Indiana adults was higher than the national rate at 4.2% compared to 4.0% in 2015. Serious Mental Illness (SMI) among Indiana adults was 4.8% compared to 4.1% nationally. (Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2013-2017.) Just 41.6% received treatment for any mental illness. Northwest Indiana’s three managed care entities reported 38% of their consumers initiating treatment for substance abuse. A mere 9% engaged in treatment of whom less than 1 out of 4 continued treatment through to conclusion. (Source: Indiana Health Coverage Program Review, 2016.) This grant will provide tools for professionals that have direct contact with youth and adults. Their observations may lead to qualifying these individuals for additional mental health diagnosis and treatment.


The primary objectives are to increase the number of certified Mental Health First Aid trainers; increase the number of residents trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders; increase the number of referrals to mental health providers and increase the number of linkages to mental health resources. 

Starting in December 2018 we will be ready and able to train groups of professionals such as police departments, school districts, EMS and fire departments, mental health service providers, government agencies, veteran services, specialty groups and community activists in classes of 20-25 students per session. The course is taught in an 8-hour segment and offered 2 times per month. The cost of the instructor and course materials is usually $70.00 per person but there is no charge to attend as a member of your registered agency or community group. You may also quality for Continuing Education Units as needed for your professional licensure requirements.

Register for Training


We are currently scheduling classes for December 2018 thru December 2019. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact MHAT Coordinator Kaitlyn Griffin.

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