ADA National Network Learning Session: Disaster Behavioral Health and People With Access and Functional Needs: Resources from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
11th August, 2016
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities, including throughout all phases of the disaster cycle. When natural and human-caused disasters occur, including incidents of mass violence such as terrorism and shootings, survivors, loved ones of victims, and responders are all at risk for emotional distress or other mental health concerns. Persons with physical and mental health disabilities, the deaf and hard of hearing, those with visual impairments and many others have unique access and functional needs that must be addressed as a part of a 'whole community' approach to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, and this includes incorporating available and accessible behavioral health resources into emergency management operations. Today's session will provide an introduction to disaster behavioral health and overview of resources from SAMHSA that emergency managers, providers, and the public at large can utilize year-round, during and immediately following disaster events, and during long term recovery.
- Educate stakeholders on core principles of disaster behavioral health, including distress risk factors and warning signs inclusive of and unique to people with access and functional needs.
- Learn how SAMHSA's disaster behavioral health resources, including its Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series and Disaster Distress Helpline program, can provide support to stakeholders and the public at large throughout all phases of natural and human-caused disasters .
- Learn how disaster behavioral health is addressed in FEMA's Emergency Support Functions and National Disaster Recovery Framework.
- Become familiar with additional local/state resources in disaster behavioral health.
- Increase awareness of the importance of including disaster behavioral health resources into emergency management planning and other preparedness activities.
- Establish contacts for stakeholders with SAMHSA and its disaster behavioral health programs regarding ongoing outreach and communications for coordinating resources throughout all phases of the disaster cycle.
CDR Jamie Seligman, LMSW-C, BCD, is a project officer with Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) in the Emergency Mental Health and Traumatic Stress Services Branch (EMHTSSB). In his current role, he monitors crisis counseling grants to states with presidentially-declared disasters and provides technical assistance to grantees and applicants. He is also the project officer for the Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS), an online virtual disaster resource center with downloadable publications. CDR Seligman spearheaded the development and creation of the SAMHSA Disaster Kit; he also provided oversight and subject matter expertise in the development and launch of SAMHSA's Disaster App. CDR Seligman oversees the Disaster Distress Helpline, which is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. He has been deployed to numerous disaster settings, serving as a federal responder (mental health professional) with United States Public Health Service (USPHS). His deployments include: Ft. Myers, FL (Hurricane Charley), New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina), Asia (tsunami), South Dakota (suicide cluster), American Samoa (tsunami), Gulf Coast (Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill) and Liberia (Ebola).
Christian Burgess, MSW, is Director of the Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH), a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration administered by Link2Health Solutions (L2HS), a subsidiary of the not-for-profit Mental Health Association of New York City. L2HS also administers the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for SAMHSA, of which the DDH is considered a sub-network. Christian serves on the National VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee (ESCC) and Health Committee, and co-chaired the NYC VOAD ESCC from 2013-2014. Christian served as Training Coordinator for the Oil Spill Distress Helpline from 2010-2011, also administered by L2HS for SAMHSA, before becoming the DDH Director in 2012 when that program was launched. Prior to L2HS, Christian worked for over 10 years in youth violence prevention and trauma intervention, including as Director of School Programs at Safe Horizon, one of the nation's largest service providers for victims of crime.
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