WCHS now offers CPR/First Aid/AED, CPI and L1MA to the Public!

Many professionals in the healthcare or human service fields are required to become certified in areas that are vital to the health and safety of those under their care. Some of those trainings include CPR/First Aid/AED, L1MA, and CPI.

While those acronyms may be confusing to you, this article will shed some light on what these trainings are and the benefits of becoming skilled in them.

CPR Training

CPR training is required for all healthcare professionals,

from a CPR class. You will learn how to do compressions, how deep, and the right rate of compressions. CPR training can and does save lives.

Anyone with training can be a first responder if they witness someone go into cardiac arrest including parents, babysitters, lifeguards and more. Early and consistent compressions and correct AED use are the keys to survival. You will learn all these skills in the Heart Saver First Aid and CPR Training offered through Warren County Handicapped Services.


CPI stands for Crisis Prevention Intervention and is another great certification for healthcare professionals. Throughout the course, you will learn how to identify the characteristics of an individual in crisis and predictors of violent behavior. This specific class is extended and restricted to those who work in a DMH (Department of Mental Health) funded facility.

You will learn how to de-escalate the situation while protecting yourself and those in your care. This includes learning how to safely physically or chemically restrain someone as a last resort.


L1MA or Level 1 Medication Aide is specific training for healthcare professionals who administer medications such as those working in residential or assisted living facilities. A L1MA course is 16 hours over the course of two days and delves into the world of medications.

You will learn the indications and contraindications for a whole host of common medications. You will also learn how to safely administer medications, whether oral, rectal, nasal, topical, transdermal, buccal, sublingual, aerosol or with a nebulizer.

Once completed a L1MA-certified provider knows how to acquire, store, and secure medications, keep records and advocate for residents’ rights.

Getting Started

L1MA, CPI, and CPR training are necessary. Luckily, there is an easy way to find and take the courses you need right here in Warren County. Warren County Handicapped Services offers all three of these trainings to the public. Our instructor is not only certified to teach these trainings, she is also a Registered Nurse. Attendees of her classes have stated that her training is “very thorough” and that they left feeling “more prepared to do their job well”.

For more information contact kelly@wchsmo.org 636-456-7518, extension 19.