Free Military Cultural Competency Training

VA / SAMHSA
Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

Pennsylvania has been an active participant in the Governor’s Challenge: To Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and Their Families. OMHSAS is pleased to share the opportunity to offer Military Cultural Competency Training provided by Psych Armor at no cost. Additional information about the training content can be found in the attached slide deck, and registration and information on accessing the training portal is attached. These 15 trainings will be available through the portal through December 2025.

This initiative is made possible by the Governor’s Challenge: To Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families, The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and a partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center work with states and communities to strengthen their behavioral health systems serving Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF). The Center provides support through the provision of technical assistance and the promotion of ongoing interagency collaboration. This no-cost training opportunity is part of Pennsylvania’s ongoing suicide prevention efforts through a collaboration with Pysch Armor providing an extensive selection of military cultural competency trainings via the portals noted in the attached flyer. Please take advantage of these evidence-based trainings available now, and work in partnership to provide services to Service Members, Veterans, and military families in PA!

We have the ability to train 300 people on a first come first serve basis. Please share this opportunity with your appropriate staff, and register early!

Follow this link to Governor’s Challenge Training Portal (GC Portal): https://psycharmor.org/sign-up/governors-challenge-portal/?gid=359945&unf3T4BGF1tSw

Questions? Contact Donna Hess at OMHSAS via e-mail at dohess@pa.gov or phone at (717) 346-0359.