# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Mental Health Assisting Careers Task 144307996

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Describe the procedures for responding to medical emergencies and mental health crises in the mental healthcare setting.


Description should include

  • differentiating between medical emergencies (e.g., seizures, heart attacks) and mental health crises (e.g., suicide ideation, hostile/aggressive behavior)
  • activating the Emergency Medical System (EMS)
  • surveying the scene for safety/hazards
  • surveying the patient to determine need for care
  • performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), as needed.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What emergency situations might occur within a mental healthcare facility?
  • What do the acronyms R-A-C-E (Rescue - Alarm - Confine - Evacuate/Extinguish) and P-A-S-S (Pull - Aim - Squeeze - Sweep) have to do with fire safety?
  • What life-threatening conditions would warrant calling 9-1-1?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a variety of nonfiction texts.
  1. Use critical thinking to generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, and evaluative questions about the text(s).
  2. Identify and synthesize resources to make decisions, complete tasks, and solve specific problems.
  3. Analyze multiple texts addressing the same topic to determine how authors reach similar or different conclusions.
  4. Recognize and analyze use of ambiguity, contradiction, paradox, irony, overstatement, and understatement in text.
  5. Analyze false premises claims, counterclaims, and other evidence in persuasive writing.

History and Social Science


The student will apply social science skills to understand the process by which public policy is made by

  1. defining public policy and determining how to differentiate public and private action;
  2. examining different perspectives on the role of government;
  3. describing how the national government influences the public agenda and shapes public policy by examining examples such as the Equal Rights Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 9524 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965;
  4. describing how the state and local governments influence the public agenda and shape public policy;
  5. investigating and evaluating the process by which policy is implemented by the bureaucracy at each level;
  6. analyzing how the incentives of individuals, interest groups, and the media influence public policy; and
  7. devising a course of action to address local and/or state issues.

Other Related Standards

HOSA Competitive Events

Health Science Events


Medical Spelling


Medical Terminology


Teamwork Events




Emergency Preparedness Events


CPR/First Aid


Life Support Skills