POSTED: Friday, January 25, 2013 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 25, 2013 - 8:34pm
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced a $4.5 million grant to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for a Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP). The funds are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“The massive strain a disaster brings is more than just financial,” Sen. Landrieu said. “This program aims to combat the disruption to everyday life that can harm the emotional and mental well-being of individuals and their families in the wake of a disaster. Through counseling and emotional support, disaster survivors will be better able to cope and adjust to the recovery process.”
The CCP provides supplemental funding to states, U.S. territories and federally recognized tribes after a presidential disaster declaration. The CCP is intended to provide services that focus on preventing and/or mitigating the adverse repercussions of a disaster through various prevention and public health approaches. CCP services include supportive counseling, education, development of coping skills and linkage to appropriate resources. In addition, the CCP assesses and refers those members of the community who are in need of mental health and/or substance abuse treatment to appropriate community service providers.