Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Behavioral Health Concept of Operations (Updated November 2016) [open pdf - 574KB]
From the Introduction: "This Concept of Operations plan (CONOPS) describes the conceptual framework and coordination for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) federal-level behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery for disasters and public health emergencies. The plan describes how HHS prepares for the behavioral health effects of a public health and medical emergency or disaster and transitions from normal day-to-day operations to coordinated department-wide response and recovery activities. The CONOPS is consistent with the National Preparedness Goal (NPG), the National Response Framework (NRF), and the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). It supports the goals and objectives of the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS). The document explains how the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) coordinates HHS-wide response and recovery activities through the ASPR Incident Management structure--the Emergency Management Group (EMG)--on behalf of the Secretary in concert with the specific authorities and responsibilities of HHS Operating Divisions (OPDIVs) and HHS Staff Divisions (STAFFDIVs). The document intentionally differs from traditional CONOPS format and includes conceptual language to frame disaster behavioral health in addition to discussion of federal disaster behavioral health operational response and recovery. A main aim 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--state, local, territorial, and tribal (SLTT) efforts."
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