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  • Team Training
  • Community Planning, Exercises & Online Credentialing
  • Community Training

The Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB) created under KRS Chapter 36 and recognized as the lead disaster behavioral health agency by the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID - 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.

Primary ESF-8 Agencies

KCCRB, KBEMS and KDPH are designated as “Primary” ESF-8 Agencies responsible for coordinating state-level support upon activation of the Department for Public Health’s Department Operations Center and/or the state’s Emergency Operations Center.

The ESF 8 Annex is a functional annex that defines how Kentucky’s ESF 8 Agencies will coordinate public health and medical related preparedness, response, and recovery activities for any incident/event that will require state-level coordination.

KCCRB, KBEMS and KDPH sign agreement

Oct. 16, 2013 (Frankfort) - Representatives from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS), and KCCRB signed the state’s ESF 8 – Public Health and Medical Services Annex.

Community Planning, Exercises & Online Credentialing

KCCRB partners with other community outreach organizations and agencies for strategic planning and exercises throughout the year.

7/22/2014 KYEM-EOC Mass Casualty Incident
7/30/2014 Louisville Operation School Bell
8/21/2014 Berea CSEPP Tabletop
9/11/2014 Berea CSEPP Tabletop
9/13/2014 Carrollton Active Shooter
9/17/2014 Multiple CSEPP Ex
9/19/2014 Franklin Active Shooter
10/16/2014 State 2014 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut
10/15/2014 Salyersville Shake out
9/15/15 Richmond 2015 CSEPP Exercise
9/16/15 Lexington 2015 CSEPP Full Scale
9/16/15 Berea 2015 CSEPP Full Scale
9/16/15 Lexington 2015 CSEPP Full Scale
9/16/15 Frankfort 2015 CSEPP Full Scale
9/21/15 Florence Active Shooter Exercise

KHELPS Online Credentialing


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 begin the application process by applying online at:


Community Training

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 ( 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.

Click here for additional information and Course Calendar


Team Training

If you are interested in being part of a statewide team in your region, please see KCCRT information.




Last Updated 7/26/2016