DTAC resources provide helpful information to professionals in the disaster behavioral health field.
The SAMHSA DBHIS contains themed installments of resources and toolkits in disaster behavioral health. Each installment focuses on a specific population, disaster type, or other topic pertinent to disaster behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery.
The Dialogue is a quarterly electronic newsletter that provides practical and down-to-earth information for disaster behavioral health coordinators, local service providers, federal agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.
To volunteer to author an article for an upcoming issue, please email SAMHSA DTAC or call 1-800-308-3515.
The SAMHSA DTAC Bulletin is a monthly e-communication that is used to share updates in the field, post upcoming activities, and highlight new resources. If you would like to receive monthly communications or contribute an item for an upcoming issue, please email SAMHSA DTAC.
The purpose of the SAMHSA DTAC Supplemental Research Bulletin is to provide practitioners, planners, and other responders a summary of the most recently published research and literature reviews. Each of the Supplemental Research Bulletins will highlight a number of chosen articles related to a specific topic of interest. To view the archived issues, please visit the SAMHSA DTAC Supplemental Research Bulletin Archive.
DTAC offers several tip sheets to help first responders and survivors after disasters and traumatic events. Spanish and Punjabi versions are also offered, when available:
For First Responders
- Tips for Health Care Practitioners and Responders: Helping Survivors Cope With Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event – 2017
- Adjusting to Life at Home: Tips for Families of Returning Disaster Responders – 2014 (Spanish)
- Helping Staff Manage Stress When Returning to Work: Tips for Survivors – 2014 (Spanish)
- Tips for Disaster Responders: Cultural Awareness When Working in Indian Country Post Disaster – 2014
- Tips for Disaster Responders: Identifying Substance Misuse in the Responder Community – 2014
- Tips for Disaster Responders: Preventing and Managing Stress – 2014 (Spanish)
- Tips for Disaster Responders: Returning to Work – 2014 (Spanish)
- Tips for Disaster Responders: Understanding Compassion Fatigue – 2014 (Spanish)
- Tips for Disaster Responders: Understanding Historical Trauma When Responding to an Event in Indian Country – 2014
- Coping With Grief after a Disaster or Traumatic Event – 2017
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks – 2014 (Spanish – 2016)
- How to Cope With Sheltering in Place – 2014 (Spanish – 2016)
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak – 2014 (Spanish – 2016)
- Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks – 2014 (Spanish – 2016)
- Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event – 2013 (Spanish – 2014)
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Coping with Retraumatization - 2017
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress – 2007 (Spanish – 2013, Punjabi – 2012)
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: What to Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life – 2005 (Spanish – 2014)
- Tips for Survivors: Coping With Grief After Community Violence – 2014
- Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth After a Disaster or Community Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers – 2012 (Spanish – 2013, Punjabi – 2012)
Disaster Response Template Toolkit
The Disaster Response Template Toolkit features guidance and templates for disaster behavioral health programs. Materials are designed to help with program management and with making people aware of your program and its services, common disaster reactions, and coping strategies. Templates are provided for printed materials, as well as public service announcements and social media. Contact SAMHSA DTAC at 800-308-3515 or firstname.lastname@example.org for specific toolkit items.
The SAMHSA Disaster Kit contains SAMHSA disaster behavioral health publications for professionals and the general public. Materials may be used to support immediate disaster behavioral health response efforts.
Visit the SAMHSA store or call toll-free at 1-877-726-4727 to receive a SAMHSA Disaster Kit.