Disasters have profound emotional and psychological effects on both the community and its responders. This is where ESF-8 Partners in Behavioral Health find their mission. Behavioral Health professionals are able to provide care for the community that other healthcare professional cannot offer. These professionals and volunteers will be available where need is high at shelters, treatment areas, meeting places, and hospitals for example.
Psychological First Aid is a nationally developed course available to anyone to train people to provide emotional support in those crucial first few moments following a Disaster.
Behavioral Health agencies in our region, such as Sedgwick County COMCARE, are actively involved in disaster preparedness, so that if the time comes they are ready to support our communities.