The goal of the Montana Family Support Program is to increase the number of behavioral health-related paraprofessionals throughout Montana who are prepared to work with youth and families feeling the impact of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

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The core trainings will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to work in any one of the following behavioral health related positions:

  • Community Health Worker
  • Peer Support Specialist
  • Fundamentals of Behavioral Health
  • Human Services Technician
  • Community Paramedicine

Upon completion of the core training, the program provides additional developmental trainings designed to prepare individuals to be competent in working with youth and families impacted by OUD and SUD. As training levels are completed, the student will receive a certificate of completion and is eligible for a stipend before moving into the next level.

The development trainings required for the Montana Family Support Program include:

  • Working with Youth and Families in the context of OUD/SUD
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMFHA)
  • Management of Aggressive Behaviors (MOAB)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Child Welfare system training
  • Early childhood development training
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment)

These additional trainings consist of online self-paced and online instructor lead modules.

**ASIST is only available in person and is currently not being offered due to COVID-19.

After completion of the program, students have the option to gain experience through an apprenticeship. A stipend is offered for this additional training.

For Questions or More Information

Casey Ballard
Project Coordinator
casey.ballard@montana.edu