Crisis Counseling Grants and Resources
The Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) is one of a number of programs funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974 (Stafford Act). The Stafford Act was designed to supplement the efforts and available resources of State and local governments in alleviating the damage, loss, hardship, or suffering caused by a federally declared disaster. Specifically, section 46 of the Stafford Act authorizes FEMA to fund mental health assistance and training activities in affected areas for a specified period of time. This mental health assistance is called crisis counseling.
Three entities are eligible to apply for and receive CCP funding after a Presidential disaster declaration for Individual Assistance: States , U.S. Territories, and federally recognized Tribes.
There are two FEMA grant programs:
State Procedures for Filing FEMA Crisis Counseling Grants:
Staff Contact for the Crisis Counseling Program
Providers of CCP Services
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc., under the name Project Recovery, is the current vendor for the Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) for the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (DMHSAS). http://www.lsswis.org/LSS/Services/Homelessness-Basic-Needs/Disaster-Response.htm (exit DHS)
County Human Service and Community Programs Agencies and Crisis Services
Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide
PFA is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism: to reduce initial distress, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. It is for use by mental health specialists including first responders, incident command systems, primary and emergency health care providers, school crisis response teams, faith-based organizations, disaster relief organizations, Community Emergency Response Teams, Medical Reserve Corps, and the Citizens Corps in diverse settings.
Last Revised: July 20, 2012