NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennesseans affected by the storms and flooding that began April 30 can continue to access disaster crisis counseling through next summer, thanks to additional federal funding.
As the recovery effort got under way in the spring, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the State of Tennessee an initial grant of almost $477,000 to provide disaster crisis counseling to storm survivors. Now a new FEMA grant of $2.1 million, administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, ensures counseling services will continue.
“People tend to focus on a disaster’s financial toll,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech. “But there’s also an emotional toll and it’s normal for survivors to need a little help getting started down the road toward recovery.”
Tennessee has announced that fourteen new outreach counselors will be added to teams already providing support for people in 27 storm-affected counties. Services include individual and group counseling resources and referrals, public education, community networking and support, along with adult and child needs assessment and referral.
“It’s important for everyone to know they are not alone in times like this,” said Tennessee Department of Mental Health Commissioner Virginia Trotter Betts. “Needed resources and proven strategies are available across the state.”
Online Counseling Resources:
- Tips for coping with disaster stress: go.usa.gov/chw
- Helping children cope with disaster: go.usa.gov/chG
A list of participating community mental health centers and the counties they serve:
For Davidson County (north of the Cumberland River):
Mental Health Cooperative
275 Cumberland Bend
For Dyer, Gibson, Haywood, Madison, and Tipton Counties:
Behavioral Health Initiative
36C Sandstone Circle
Jackson, TN 38305
For Clay, DeKalb, Jackson, Macon, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson Counties:
Volunteer Behavioral Health Services
118 North Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
For Shelby County:
Southeast Mental Health Center
3810 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38181
The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA and TEMA do not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.