FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination Stakeholder Call
Join the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) on May 25, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET to learn how FEMA is ensuring effective communications access to the Crisis Counseling Program for people with disabilities.
May is Mental Health Month and FEMA is dedicated to equitable access to programs and services that provide counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to disasters.
The Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) is a Federally-funded supplemental program that provides financial assistance to state, local, territorial and tribal government agencies to provide crisis counseling services or the means to contract with local mental health service providers. Crisis counseling services are provided to survivors of all ages and can be tailored to meet the needs of the specific community affected.
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
Learn how FEMA is working to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to these vital resources.
Scheduled to Speak*:
Linda Mastandrea Director FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination
Teresa Lien Team Lead – Emergency Management Specialist, Community Services FEMA Office of Individual Assistance
David Warren Emergency Management Specialist, Response and Recovery FEMA Office of Individual Assistance
Aaron Kubey Communication Access Specialist/Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) FEMA Office of External Affairs
Christian Burgess Director Disaster Distress Helpline
*subject to change
Learn more on this topic: Many Kinds of Disaster Help are Available | FEMA.gov.
FEMA Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program: FEMA implements the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) to fund mental health assistance and training activities in areas that have received a Presidential major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance upon request by a state, tribal or territorial government.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services’ (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline is a toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service, available to all residents in the United States and its territories:
By Phone: -800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or TTY 1-800-846-8517.
Spanish: 1-800-985-5990, press "2" or text Hablanos to 66746 from all 50 states.
From Puerto Rico: text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663.
The Disaster Distress Helpline Messaging Toolkit: This kit can be used to inform your communities about the helpline service, and include information in their own resources.