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The East Central Region is proud to offer funding for trainings within our community as well as for our provider and school personnel!

Please see the following protocols to request funding as a contracted provider or as a school within our nine counties.

FY23 Protocol for Providers to Apply for Training Funding

FY23 Protocol for Schools to Apply for Brain Health Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Trauma Informed Care (TIC) trainings, are open to all ECR providers and community members, free of charge.

For more information on any of the trainings or funding, please contact Jan Heidemann.

Jan Heidemann
203 1st Avenue NE
Waverly, IA 50677

Phone: (319) 352-2993


Trainings that are offered throughout the region and hosted or funded by the ECR can also be found on the News page under Training Opportunities.

ECR-sponsored Trainings

Proudly partnering with Meraki Institute on Learning, the ECR is offering the following webinar series for the remainder of this fiscal year:


Thursday, Feb 23, 2023 12:00 PM CST     Brain(Mental) Health 101-FREE WEBINAR 

Thursday, Mar 30, 2023 12:00 PM CDT    Understanding Youth Brain (Mental) Health--FREE WEBINAR 

Thursday, Apr 27, 2023 12:00 PM CDT     Supporting Clients with Dual Diagnosis (FREE WEBINAR)

Thursday, May 25, 2023 12:00 PM CDT    Responding to Complex & Challenging Behaviors(FREE WEBINAR) 

Thursday, Jun 22, 2023 12:00 PM CDT     Supporting Brain(mental) Health for Clients with ID --FREE WEBINAR 


Meraki Institute of Learning FY 2023 Webinar Series


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an interactive 8-hour certification class that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.

Specifically, participants learn:

  • The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury,
  • An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities,
  • A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care,
  • The appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

Similar to CPR, you will become certified as a Mental Health First Aider.

Participants for each training vary, but include hospitals and federally qualified health centers, state policymakers, employers and chambers of commerce, faith communities, school personnel, state police and corrections staff, nursing home staff, mental health authorized support staff, young people, families, and the general public.

For more information on this evidence based class, please visit the Mental Health First Aid website or contact Jan Heidemann.

The MH/DS of the East Central Region is proud to provide Trauma Informed Care Training.

Trauma Informed Care training will cover the impact trauma has on your biology, the effects of trauma in a person’s life, how behavior is a learned defense to protect oneself from their previous trauma, and the foundation of looking at clients from the focus of “What happened to you?” as opposed to “What’s wrong with you?”.

Over the course of 2015, 17 people from various agencies within the Region have attended classes on trauma informed care.  These classes have been conducted by Dr. Robert Macy and Frank Grijalva of the International Trauma Center.  They also provided the TCI training that is used at Tanager Place and the training for the Pediatric Mental Intensive Care centers in Iowa.

The 17 students were recruited from various provider agencies throughout the Region and are available to provide information and instruction in trauma informed care for your staff.  Because the Region financed the training at no cost to the various agencies, the training will be provided to everyone within the Region at no cost.

The training is designed to fit your agency’s needs.  We will work to ensure that the class fits within your time frame.  The amount and depth of the material can be adjusted to match the needs of the attendees and the time allotted.

If you would like to have someone present a class on Trauma Informed Care to your staff, please send the following information to Jan Heidemann.

  • The name of your agency or group
  • Your name and contact information
  • The time and date of the training
  • The location of the training
  • The availability of computer equipment
  • The length of the training
  • The approximate number of attendees

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize and work with individuals having thoughts of suicide. For more information or to schedule a training, please contact Jan Heidemann.

The University of Iowa has been granted the contract to provide Peer Support Specialist and Family Peer Support Specialist training. For more information, please visit their website at the Iowa Peer Workforce Collaborative.

Other Trainings

Iowa Peer Workforce Collaborative provides Peer Support Specialist and Family Peer Support Specialist trainings.

Trainings and Events

FSS Training available

03/12/2021  |  Live Stream  |  PowerPoint

02/26/2021  |  Live Stream  |  PowerPoint

02/12/2021  |  Live Stream  |  PowerPoint

01/29/2021  |  Live Stream  |  PowerPoint


01/13/2021  |  Dr. Celina Peerman - Knowing How and When to Change  |  YouTube  |  Worksheet

11/13/2020  |  COVID and Providers  |  Zoom Recording  |  PowerPoint