SUPPORTING LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH:
The Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB) created under KRS Chapter 36 and recognized as the lead disaster behavioral health agency by the Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services (DMHMRS) (state mental health authority), Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KyEM) and the American Red Cross (ARC), has the primary responsibility to provide disaster behavioral health services for the Commonwealth.
KCCRB provides assessments, crisis intervention, service collaboration, and system development following disasters. KCCRB, as the state lead disaster mental health agency, coordinates services, administers FEMA Crisis Counseling grants when necessary following a Presidential Declaration, in collaboration with local and regional mental health providers.
||Community Planning, Exercises & Online Credentialing
KCCRB partners with other community outreach organizations and agencies for strategic planning and exercises throughout the year.
The National Level Exercise (NLE) took place May 16-20, 2011. Kentucky was one of eight states, which participated in this exercise simulating a catastrophic earthquake along the New Madrid fault zone in western Kentucky. This is termed an "exercise of national significance" equivalent to the four previous major federal TOPOFF drills that have been held since 2000. This exercise was designed to test the preparedness of our nation's response to a major catastrophic event.
KCCRB Team Members provided eight Just in Time Training sessions acoss the Commonwealth to team members and community behavioral health. The training is available for review to the right.
Check back for information on upcoming exercises.
||KHELPS Online Credentialing
ON-LINE CREDENTIALING OF KCCRT MEMBERS AND DIASASTER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH OUTREACH PERSONNEL- KHELPS Training Matrix
KCCRB PARTNERS WITH KHELPS (Kentucky Healthy Emergency Listing of Professionals for Surge)
KHELPS is used to register, notify, and inform individuals who are interested in volunteering in the event of an accidental or intentional emergency, or intentional emergency, or other public health care disaster.
To help meet behavioral health surge capacity needs, KHELPS is partnering with the KCCRB to allow psychologists, counselors, therapists and a broad array of trained disaster behavioral health outreach personnel to become involved. Volunteers will receive training in incident management and an orientation to disaster behavioral health on-line.
Psychological First Aid I
PFA Online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster responses who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share about experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training.
PFA Online (http://learn.nctsn.org/course/category.php?id=11) This free course has been accepted by the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB) as a quality experience that meets Part I of the crisis intervention course requirements to become a Disaster Team Member.
This project was funded by SAMHSA, NCPTSD, NACCHO, and HHS Office of the Surgeon General, Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps. This credit may be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education. This course also has 6 CE credits available through the National Association of Social Workers, American Psychological Association, California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and the Board of Registered Nursing.
Psychological First Aid II
One-day in Class: Participants will be able to define Kentucky’s Disaster Behavioral Health Statewide Response System of credentialed professional volunteers ready to respond following catastrophic events and possible medical/public health surge that follows. Participants will become familiar with disaster behavioral health volunteer’s roles and responsibilities. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), incident command structure and Emergency Support Function ESF-8, public health and medical asset provisions.
Participants will receive an overview of Disaster Behavioral Health triage and Psychological First Aid application in the field during and following a catastrophic event and will learn the SAFE -R model of providing crisis intervention. Participants will be evaluated on the disaster behavioral health core competencies and their proficiency in the delivery of crisis counseling services. Participants will gain knowledge of resiliency, peer-care and self-care during and following response to a catastrophic event.
Take Part I: PFA Online.
Then find a Psychological First Aid II course in your area.
Registration information for Part II will be updated on the website.
Who Should Attend? First Responders, Emergency Management, School Personnel, Nurses, Physicians, Behavioral Health Professionals, Public Health Dept. Representatives, Local Community Agency Representatives, Community Leaders.
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