Mental Health First Aid Corps

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Corps is an innovative AmeriCorps program that engages the AHECs and other community based organizations to support widespread implementation of Mental Health First Aid™ in communities across the nation.

There is a sense of urgency in our nation to improve awareness, recognition and ability to respond to the needs of those experiencing symptoms of mental illness. President Obama and other national, state and local leaders are calling for implementation of MHFA™ to help communities improve their ability to respond to the mental health care needs.

The MHFA Corps places AmeriCorps members at host sites across the nation. AmeriCorps members improve their host site’s capacity to address mental health needs in their community through service. During their one-year service term AmeriCorps members are trained as MHFA™ instructors and provide MHFA™ certification classes for community members.

The MHFA Corps is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps and the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Applications to become a MHFA Corps host site are taken on a rolling basis. Click below to learn more about becoming a MHFA Corps Host Site and to complete an application.




2013-2016 Highlights

For 2014 highlights, click here.
For 2015 highlights, click here.
For 2016 highlights, click here.

Serve as an AmeriCorps Member in the MHFA Corps

AmeriCorps members serve a 1700 hour full-time service term at a community based agency where they function as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, certified to teach the 8-hour MHFA course to members of the public.

For a detailed description of the Mental Health First Aid Corps™ Member Position Description, click here.

To apply to become a MHFA Corps member complete an application on the AmeriCorps Portal, click here.

Become a MHFA Corps Host Site

Host sites are selected on a rolling basis throughout the year. The application is available and can be completed at any time. Click here to view sample "Host Site Agreement."


Current Host Site Locations

• Ball State University, Muncie, IN
• Charlotte AHEC, Charlotte, NC
• Colorado Behavior Health Council, Denver, CO
• Community Reach Center, Thorton, CO
• Compeer West, Buffalo, NY
• Corbin Independent Schools, Corbin, KY
• Dept of Behavioral Health, Philadelphia, PA
• Dona Ana County HHS Dept, Las Cruces, NM
• Green Door, Washington, DC
• East Indiana AHEC, Batesville, IN
• Eastern Montana AHEC, Billings, MT
• HCC of Rural Missouri, Lexington, MO
• Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Bakerfield, CA
• Mental Health Center of Denver, Denver, CO
• NAMI Colorado, Denver, CO
• EdAdvance, Litchfield, CT
• Northwestern CT AHEC, Waterbury, CT
• Regional Center for Border Health, Somerton, AZ
• West Central Alabama AHEC

Past Host Site Locations