About the Team
Behavioral Health intervention has become a valued dimension of immediate and long-term disaster response. Psychological recovery is recognized as a focus of relief efforts, along with repairing homes and building bridges. Emergency responders, disaster workers and community members now receive mental/behavioral health support following most disasters and public health emergencies.
Behavioral Health supportive services include psychological first aid, skills for psychological recovery, support to healthcare and school interventions, referrals to community behavioral health providers to help deal with loss, disruption and in some cases, tragedy.
Maine’s Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) is a statewide team of trained volunteers who respond locally to help minimize the impact of disasters and public health emergencies. Volunteers can work within healthcare and school facilities, walking through neighborhoods, providing services to impacted family and friends at local reception centers and FEMA Services Centers.
How the Team Responds
While each disaster and community is unique, Maine faces similar challenges as we mobilize to respond to weather-related events; public health emergencies and community tragedies. Our volunteers are registered to receive emergency messages about community needs through the Health Alert Network or HAN which will request their availability to respond in a local community and regions, or within a healthcare facility following a casualty event.
DBHRT can respond in a number of different settings:
Family Assistance Centers set up to assist impacted family members and loved ones
Healthcare and School campus facilities
Support to Red Cross shelters
Points of Dispensing for medications during a public health emergency, i.e. H1N1
County Emergency Management Unified Command Centers
Emergency Responders, i.e. Police, Fire, EMS, debriefings
The Maine DBHRT needs more members to fully represent the communities where you live! Click on Get involved to sign up and share your skills, community knowledge and commitment to your friends and family members, while helping all Maine residents.