A Brief History of the KCCRT
In response to several disasters of major proportion in Kentucky in the late 1980s, the Kentucky Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services (DMHMRS) called a meeting of representatives from all key responding agencies in cases of crisis and disaster. The development of the Kentucky Post-Trauma Response Team (PTRT) was initiated in September 1990. The team's primary purpose was to mitigate the impact of crisis and disaster by providing support (via defusing, debriefing, training, consultation, etc.) to communities and emergency responders whose lives are impacted by the effects of trauma. In fiscal year 1994, DMHMRS, in conjunction with Bluegrass Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Boards, Inc., employed a full-time staff person to work with the board of the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team (KCCRT), formerly known as the PTRT.
The 1996 General Assembly, through the passage of Senate Bill 112, established the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB) as a separate administrative body of state government.
In natural or man made disasters, or under national security conditions, events occur that necessitate the coordination and delivery of crisis intervention and disaster mental health services.
The Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB), created under KRS Chapter 36 and Chapter 42, ensures an organized, rapid and effective response in the aftermath of crisis and disaster.
The KCCRB credentials and maintains a statewide network of trained professional volunteer responders and deploys rapid response teams to crisis and disaster sites.
A 24-hour toll-free access phone number, (888) 522-7228, is maintained to request a response.
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