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Board receives grant to continue mental health training

Commercial-News - 9/29/2018

Sept. 29--DANVILLE -- During the past three years, the Vermilion County Mental Health 708 Board has been involved in a federal grant that has provided Youth Mental Health First-Aid trainings throughout a four-county area.

About 2,030 people in Vermilion, Iroquois, Edgar and Clark counties have received the training. That grant ends Sept. 30, and all the goals for the grant were met.

With the support of a grant from the Vermilion Healthcare Foundation, the VCMHB office will continue the trainings in Vermilion County.

In addition to the Youth Mental Health First-Aid trainings, this grant also will cover Adult Mental Health First-Aid trainings. Beth Knecht of Hoopeston, who has served as the project director for the federal grant, will serve in that same role in this continued effort. She also will be an instructor for both trainings, as will Jim Russell, executive director of the VCMHB.

The first public Youth Mental Health First-Aid training under the new grant is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Oct. 15, at the Vermilion County Health Department, 200 College St., Danville.

The first Adult Mental Health First-Aid training is set for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Nov. 8, at the Vermilion County Health Department.

Call Beth Knecht at (217) 516-2298 to register or with any questions. People also may call Jim Russell at (217) 443-3500 with any questions.


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