Under this grant, the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) will produce an updated edition of a field guide that provides a rigorous, systematic, evidence-informed protocol for the provision of psychological assistance to children, adults and families in the immediate aftermath of a terrorist incident and a natural disaster.The Foundation's Katrina Response Team is interested in improving mental health services in the Gulf Coast in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The production and distribution of the second edition of the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, along with training across the region, will enhance provider capacity to respond to the needs of children and families in the Gulf region.There have been extensive requests to NCCTS from disaster mental health response agencies and organizations across the Gulf Coast for an operational guide for acute post-disaster intervention. The audience for the guide will be responders who provide acute assistance to children, adults and families as part of an organized disaster response effort, including state and local disaster mental health agencies and providers across the Gulf region. In addition, the guide should be an important resource for providers imbedded in a variety of response units, including first responder teams, incident command systems, primary and emergency health care, school crisis response teams, the American Red Cross, faith-based organizations, community emergency response teams, Medical Reserve Corps, the Citizens Corps and other disaster relief organizations. Dissemination plans include distribution to the NCCTS' network, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Technical Assistance Center, the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the National Resource Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and state mental health agencies, state disaster mental health coordinators, and a variety of agencies and organizations across the Gulf Coast and nationally. In addition, a PDF version of the enhanced document will be made available for download on the Web sites of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD.The deliverable for this project will be the design, layout and printing of 10,000 copies of the guide, and the downloading of a PDF version for Web-based distribution. Also, the enhanced document will serve as a template for translation into Spanish and other languages.Success for this project will be measured by completion of the design, layout and printing of the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, along with the Web site placement of the PDF version. Success will also be measured by the extent of distribution of the printed version, number of trainings held, number trained, and number of downloads from the Web sites and evaluations completed.
Amount Awarded $15,120.00
Awarded on: 11/17/2006
Time frame: 11/15/2006 - 9/30/2007
Grant Number: 58833
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