269487 Federal crisis counseling program data speak to the need for integration of behavioral and public health disaster response

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Amy R. Mack, PsyD , ICF International, Bethesda, MD
Lori McGee, MA , ICF International, Bethesda, MD
Amy Falcone, MA , ICF International, Fairfax, VA
Michael Lodato, PhD , ICF International, Fairfax, VA
Nikki D. Bellamy, PhD , Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD
The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974 has authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide funding for the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) available to States and territories in the aftermath of a federally declared disasters. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services' Emergency Mental Health and Traumatic Stress Services Branch works with FEMA to provide technical assistance, consultation, and training for state and local mental health personnel; grant administration; and program oversight. A new web-based data system allows CCP data to be entered at the local provider level. Programs collect data using required forms (Individual Encounter Form, Group Encounter Form, and Weekly Tally Sheet), optional forms (Adult Assessment and Referral Form, Child/Youth Assessment and Referral Form, and the Provider Feedback Survey), and one Participant Feedback Survey. Users can access predetermined and custom reports to analyze data results allowing them and their Federal partners to adjust outreach strategies as needed and to monitor ongoing program achievements. The author will present findings from data analyses as of September 2009 highlighting differences in program implementation and to explore behavioral, emotional, physical, and cognitive disaster event reactions. Frequencies of event reactions and analyses of reactions by disaster type (tornado, flood, wildfire, etc.), risk category (personal injury, home damage, and family missing/dead) and by age group as well as data that are being collected from CCPs during the spring and summer of 2011 will also be presented.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Participants in this session will be able to identify the four domains of disaster behavioral health responses from survivors of these traumatic events.

Keywords: Essential Public Health Services, Public Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As the project director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationís Disaster Technical Assistance Center, I provide oversight, management, and support to disasters across the nation, its territories, and tribes. I am a doctoral level researcher who has implemented a new data collection and reporting system for the federal behavioral health disaster response programs, as well as, conducted extensive program evaluation and development for over 10 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.