Disaster Assistance Center Offers Resources for Service Providers
and manmade disasters affect every member of a community—including
those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues.
State governments and local service providers seeking to prepare
for and respond to the need for trauma-related mental health and
substance abuse services after a disaster can find support and guidance
at the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (SAMHSA DTAC).
SAMHSA DTAC offers a toll-free number through which states, territories,
and local service providers can access resources and information
and request technical assistance. SAMHSA DTAC's Web site provides
a wealth of information about disaster-related and trauma-related
services, including Dialogue, SAMHSA DTAC's quarterly publication
for state mental health commissioners, substance abuse commissioners,
and disaster mental health coordinators. The Web site also includes
emergency plans from several states; Federal resources for disaster,
trauma, and mental health as well as publication information; and,
an events calendar.
SAMHSA DTAC staff members provide on-site technical assistance
to numerous states. Currently, they are hosting a series of regional
all-hazards trainings to support disaster preparedness for mental
health and substance abuse service systems.
For further information about SAMHSA
DTAC, visit www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/dtac
or call 1 (800) 308-3515.
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