Responding to the Needs of People with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness in Times of Major Disaster   [open pdf - 165KB]

"This document provides a brief guide for State and local mental health agency administrators and five detailed chapters for program planners and providers of direct services. The intent is not to suggest that persons with serious and persistent mental illness require separate disaster recovery programs, but that within the scope of such programs people with mental illness may require specialized strategies for accessing the services they need on the journey to recovery. Our goals are: to educate State and local mental health administrators, planners, and providers about the needs of individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who experience a disaster; to present practical suggestions for disaster preparedness, for structuring disaster response and programs that mobilize the strengths of survivors; and to summarize some of the broader issues regarding disaster mental health service delivery to people with mental illness."

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://www.samhsa.gov/
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