Innovative Gets Certified in Mental Health First Aid Training in the Workplace

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Innovative Benefits Planning is pleased to announce that our Nurse Advocate, Erica Polaneczky, has become certified in Mental Health First Aid Training. This certification allows her to provide Mental Health First Aid in the workplace training for employers.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches employers how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults in the workplace. Participants build the skills and confidence they need to reach out and provide initial support to those employees who are struggling. They will also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support.

“The pandemic has dramatically increased depression and anxiety at home and in the workplace,” CEO Terriann Procida said. “We believe is it more important than ever to break the stigma around mental health, enable early identification of at-risk employees, and provide more resources in the workplace — which is why Innovative is now offering MHFA training.”


Training has been shown to:

  • Reduce stigma
  • Increase employees’ mental health and substance use literacy
  • Increase the likelihood that employees will reach out to someone who may be facing a mental health or substance use challenge
  • Teach managers how to connect a distressed person with the appropriate resources in accordance with company policies


  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance challenges
  • Understand how to interact with a person in crisis
  • Know how to connect a person with help
  • How to access local resources for mental health support.

We are excited to offer our first MHFA training at our office on July 20th. To learn more about this training, visit our event registration page below.  Seating is limited to 30 participants. This course is valued at $170 and Innovative is proud to offer it at our office no charge.

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid USA, visit

Mental Health First Aid Training

Join us for our first Mental Health First Aid at Work Training on July 20th at our office in Moorestown, NJ!  Mental Health First Aid at Work is a training program that teaches participants how to notice and support an individual who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use concern or crisis in a work environment and connect them with appropriate employee and community resources. Innovative is proud to be sponsor this no-cost Mental Health First Aid Training for employers.

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