HHS Disaster Behavioral Health Concept of Operations [December 2011]   [open pdf - 552KB]

"This Concept of Operations plan (CONOPS) describes coordination and guidance for federal-level behavioral health response and recovery to disasters and public health emergencies. The plan describes how the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) transitions from normal day-to-day operations to a coordinated department-wide response to the behavioral health elements of a public health and medical emergency. It is consistent with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD-5) and the National Response Framework (NRF). It supports the goals and objectives of the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS). The plan describes the overarching conceptual framework that HHS uses to manage federal behavioral health personnel, response and recovery assets, and actions. It explains how the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) coordinates HHS-wide response and recovery activities on behalf of the Secretary in concert with the specific authorities and responsibilities of HHS, HHS Operating Divisions (OPDIVs), and HHS Staff Divisions (STAFFDIVs). HHS will coordinate response and recovery activities with state, territorial, tribal and local public and behavioral health officials and other agencies, as appropriate. (Throughout this document, 'STT' refers to states, territories, and federally-recognized tribes). The goal of this CONOPS is to improve coordination of federal preparedness, response, and recovery efforts concerning behavioral health in a manner consistent with-and supportive of-STT and local efforts. This document will be reviewed as needed (at least annually), under the oversight of the ASPR's Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO) and Office of Policy and Planning (OPP) to ensure that current emergency plans reflect lessons learned from recent response experiences, exercises, and evaluation."

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