KDADS Community Services and Programs Commission is the state agency responsible for oversight of the Kansas State Crisis Counseling Plan that provides crisis counseling in the event of a disaster.
KDADS contracted with EmFusion, LLC, to implement the State Crisis Counseling Plan and disaster planning for Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) in the form of training, table top exercises, and technical assistance for writing and updating disaster response plans for CMHC catchment areas. The State Crisis Counseling Plan described who will do what, as well as when, with what resources, and by what authority -- before, during, and immediately after an emergency.
As part of the work with EmFusion, two templates were created for CMHCs to use for Emergency Operations Planning (EOP) and Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP).
Are you a Mental Health Responder? This mental health awareness toolkit provides first responders - whether they are disaster response workers, parents, caregivers, or teachers with specific tips for responding effectively to people in the wake of a disaster. The information is meant to alleviate painful emotions and promote hope and healing. Call 1-800-662-4357 or visit www.samhsa.gov.
For more information on emergency management, sheltering, and human services, visit the links below:
If you have additional questions, please contact Ryan Gonzales, KDADS Disaster Coordinator, at 785-296-3471.