• Indiana Mental Health Division receives grant to continue tornado-related counseling services

    April 09, 2012 No comments

    Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) is the recipient of a $106,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant earmarked for continued funding of mental health counseling services for survivors living in six southern Indiana counties declared disaster areas following the March 2 tornados. The Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program grant will pay for crisis counselors, supplies, travel, a toll free hotline and a website. The grant money will be used in Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties including a special crisis counseling program for Clark County Schools.

    According to FEMA, more than 1,600 people in these six counties could benefit from the disaster counseling services – a calculation based upon damage estimates and the number of injuries and deaths resulting from the severe storms. “This funding will supplement our division’s capacity to provide much-needed mental health counseling,” said Kevin Moore, DMHA director. “These grant dollars will help continue outreach to residents traumatized by the severe storms and tornados.”

    In the days immediately following the tornado outbreak, DMHA counselors fanned out across the six disaster counties connecting with nearly 2,700 survivors. “Because of the violent nature of the storms, many people were very distraught,” explained Drew Klatte, a DMHA emergency services expert. “People told us they were having trouble eating or sleeping – others reported problems with their children. The goal was to help people understand these were normal reactions to an abnormal event. This grant will help us continue vital crisis counseling services in the disaster area,” added Klatte.

    The grant funding begins immediately. The Crisis Counseling Toll Free Hotline (1-866-679-4631) continues to support survivors in need.

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