Preparedness and Disaster Behavioral Health Planning

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This issue of SAMHSA publication, The Dialogue, looks at three important topics that can be addressed well before a disaster occurs. First, it reviews the steps to “branding” a disaster behavioral health response program and offers the Disaster Response Template Toolkit as a resource to assist in the process. The issue also looks at several concerns related to immediate response work, such as shielding family members from unwanted interveners, and preparing to support those who are bereft. In relation to these topics, the issue includes responding with religious and spiritual literacy and competency, two distinct concepts that can be learned and practiced prior to a deployment.

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