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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Specific Information

American Psychiatric Association
This American Psychiatric Association page addresses the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. Information includes links to general oil spill resources, as well as links addressing the psychosocial impact. Exit Disclaimer

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
Catholic Charities collaborates with the wider community to serve those in need. Currently, Catholic Charities is reaching out by providing services for the fishermen of the impacted communities in the Gulf Coast. Information regarding the efforts and available resources related to the oil spill are located on their Web site. Exit Disclaimer

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This CDC page contains information on health surveillance and fact sheets in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
This NIOSH page provides information for oil spill response workers on protecting their health. Psychological hazards are also addressed.

Deepwater Horizon Response
This is the official Web site for the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command. It is maintained by the Unified Command’s Joint Information Center (JIC), which provides the public with reliable, timely information about the response. Exit Disclaimer

Disaster Assistance
This Web site provides information on accessing disaster assistance for individuals, small businesses, and communities, including assistance information related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It also provides news, information, and resources to prepare for disasters and to help keep families safe during an emergency and recover afterwards.

Greater New Orleans Foundation
The Greater New Orleans Foundation strives to address the needs of the community through collaborations with other organizations. The Greater New Orleans Foundation is working with fishing communities and the Vietnamese population following the oil spill and features a database created to collect monetary donations dedicated to those directly impacted. Exit Disclaimer

Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation, Inc. (MCVN)
This New Orleans based nonprofit has provided emergency relief assistance to over 3,000 Vietnamese American residents and advised over 1,000 communities on their specific concerns. With the current oil spill, MCVN is focusing on the rapidly approaching behavioral health concerns such as hopelessness, anxiety, Exit Disclaimer stress, anger, depression Exit Disclaimer, and suicidal Exit Disclaimer thoughts. Exit Disclaimer

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The NCTSN raises the standard of care and increases access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States. Included in the NCTSN are community-based service centers in the Gulf Coast region. Exit Disclaimer

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
The NWF developed a guide for how to talk to children about the Gulf Coast oil spill. Information is provided for techniques to use when speaking to children ages preschool/early elementary, upper elementary, and middle school and beyond. Exit Disclaimer

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. SBIRT services have been provided in response to disaster, including the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.

Social and Environmental Research Institute (SERI): Deepwater Horizon Leak and the Human Dimensions of Oil Spill and Spill Response
This SERI page contains links to materials from past and on-going SERI projects related to human impacts of oil spills and spill response. It contains a series of 2-page briefs meant to summarize a number of ways that previous spills have impacted people and their communities, including psychological and cultural impacts. Exit Disclaimer

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This portion of the EPA’s Web site is dedicated to its response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf Coast.

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The HHS posted this oil spill health response page. It contains health-related information for coastal residents, response workers, and health professionals, as well as information on local resources.

Vialink Oil Spill Information and Resources
This Web site serves New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. It serves as a resource center, provides access to crisis counseling and suicide intervention, and includes up-to-date information on the oil spill. Exit Disclaimer

Gulf Coast States

Alabama Department of Mental Health
Information on mental health and substance abuse services in Alabama is provided.

Florida’s Deepwater Horizon Response Site
This Web site serves as the primary location for updates and information on response actions and impacts to the state of Florida.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Mental Health
Residents are encouraged to contact behavioral health providers listed here if they need help coping with the Gulf Coast oil rig explosion and spill.

Louisiana’s Oil Spill Response Site
Resources and services for individuals impacted by the oils spill are described on this page, including mental health counseling and case management.

Mississippi Department of Mental Health Gulf Coast Oil Spill Information
This page provides information on coping with the stress of the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Texas Department of State Health Services
Information on mental health and substance abuse services in Texas is provided.

Last Update: 1/7/2011