Officials in Westchester County Thursday will present a training program on youth mental health.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says his county is the first in New York to offer such training countywide. The “Youth Mental Health First Aid” program is part of the county’s Safer Communities initiative, which Astorino launched in February 2013 in response to the December 2012 mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a nationally-recognized program that teaches participants to provide such help to 12-to-18 year olds. The Republican Astorino, who last week threw his hat into the ring to run for New York governor, says the Department of Community Mental Health in partnership with Westchester Jewish Community Services will provide the training free to the first 30 enrollees. It begins at 9 a.m. at the County Center.